Union says Right-to-Work Law Violates Free Speech

April 09, 2012

Union attorneys are using a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that gave corporations and unions the green light to spend unlimited sums of cash on campaign ads as part of a legal effort to overturn Indiana's new right-to-work law.

Attorneys for the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 150 argue in a court brief that the new law interferes with the union's free speech rights because it stifles the collection of money that helps pay for political speech.

But the Indiana lawyer who crafted the argument that resulted in the 2010 Supreme Court decision says it would turn the ruling "on its head'' if a judge accepted the union's argument.

Jim Bopp of Terre Haute says there's no right to force someone else to pay for your free speech.

Story source: AP