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Union suing to block Indiana right-to-work law


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INDIANAPOLIS -- Union members went to federal court Wednesday to ask a judge to block Indiana's new right-to-work law from being enforced, the first lawsuit and latest conflict over the divisive legislation.



The International Union of Operating Engineers Local 150 said it was filing the lawsuit Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Hammond. The suit names Gov. Mitch Daniels, Attorney General Greg Zoeller and Labor Commissioner Lori Torres.


The right-to-work lawsuit is the latest filed over a wave of conservative legislation pushed through the Indiana General Assembly over the last two years. Indiana also faces lawsuits over 2011 legislation that cut Medicaid funding for Planned Parenthood clinics because the group provides abortions, and the state is in court over tougher illegal immigration laws and the nation's broadest use of school vouchers.



Daniels signed the right-to-work legislation into law last month, making Indiana the 23rd state -- and the first in the generally union-friendly Rust Belt -- to ban unions from collecting mandatory fees for representation. Democrats vehemently objected and boycotted the House session for several days, and union members turned out by the thousands to protest what they called "the right to work for less bill."



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