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Labor union sues Indiana, calls working alongside nonunion employees ‘slavery’
The Daily Caller ^ | 04/22/2012 | David Martosko

Posted on 04/21/2012 11:35:49 PM PDT by Publius804

In a lawsuit against three Indiana government officials, a labor union alleged on Wednesday that its constitutional rights under the Thirteenth Amendment — which outlawed “slavery” and “involuntary servitude” — are violated whenever its members are forced to work alongside nonunion employees.

The International Union of Operating Engineers, whose members work as heavy equipment operators, mechanics and construction surveyors, sued Indiana’s governor, attorney general, and labor commissioner in February, alleging that the state’s “right to work” law is unconstitutional.

Indiana’s law prohibits employers from making union membership a condition of getting or keeping a job. The union’s February lawsuit claimed the law violated its members’ Fourteenth Amendment guarantee of “equal protection” under the law.

But an amended complaint filed on Wednesday added a Thirteenth Amendment claim as well. The new lawsuit suggests that when nonunion employees earn higher salaries and better benefits because of the union’s negotiation on behalf of its members, the union has been forced to work for those nonunion employees for free.

And being forced to work without compensation, the union suggested in its revised lawsuit, is slavery.

“In this case, the Defendants have exacted compulsory service and/or involuntary servitude from the Union through the combination of the passage of the Right to Work law and the existing federal requirement of the duty of fair representation,” the amended complaint reads.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Extended News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: righttowork; thugs; unions

1 posted on 04/21/2012 11:35:59 PM PDT by Publius804
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To: Publius804
Beyond Hilarious

Put these morons on TV, let them try to explain this to the world with a straight face

2 posted on 04/21/2012 11:39:02 PM PDT by Regulator
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To: Regulator

LOL

Beyond unbelievable!

LOL


3 posted on 04/22/2012 12:00:06 AM PDT by A. Morgan (Ayn Rand: "You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality.")
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To: Regulator

Mo’ bettah Idea!

Sue the Union for past damages for involuntary servitude to ~THEM~ in closed shops.

It should be filed as a Civil Rights case - (Larger possible awards and no taxes on the plaintiffs when they win.)


4 posted on 04/22/2012 12:00:54 AM PDT by shibumi (Cover it with gas and set it on fire.)
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To: Publius804; John Semmens

” The new lawsuit suggests that when nonunion employees earn higher salaries and better benefits because of the union’s negotiation on behalf of its members, the union has been forced to work for those nonunion employees for free.”

This is going to put John Semmens out of business. How do you parody stuff like this?


5 posted on 04/22/2012 12:13:15 AM PDT by aquila48
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To: Publius804

Can’t we just carpet bomb these vermin?


6 posted on 04/22/2012 12:18:41 AM PDT by GOP Poet
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To: Publius804

Ok, you’re fired! There, fixed your slavery problem.


7 posted on 04/22/2012 12:39:59 AM PDT by rawhide
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To: Publius804

Oh brother....


8 posted on 04/22/2012 12:42:27 AM PDT by Dallas59 (President Robert Gibbs 2009-2011)
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To: Publius804

Unions are slave-masters? Who knew?


9 posted on 04/22/2012 12:43:31 AM PDT by microgood
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To: Publius804

when will unions officially become a race, I mean they already act like and get treated like one


10 posted on 04/22/2012 2:25:12 AM PDT by SF_Redux (Sarah stands for accountablility and personal responsiblity, democrats can't live with that)
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To: SF_Redux

That is the main reason we need to defeat Obama is Judges.


11 posted on 04/22/2012 3:15:42 AM PDT by scooby321 (h tones)
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To: Publius804

If unions don’t like it, why don’t they just abandon the idea of being “exclusive representative” of all the employees in a bargaining unit?

Let them just represent their own members, and the employer can negotiate separately with those who choose not to belong.


12 posted on 04/22/2012 3:38:26 AM PDT by I_Like_Spam
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To: Publius804

Indiana’s law prohibits employers from making union membership a condition of getting or keeping a job. The union’s February lawsuit claimed the law violated its members’ Fourteenth Amendment guarantee of “equal protection” under the law.

This is just silly. The law is protecting workers paychecks from the unions!


13 posted on 04/22/2012 4:02:37 AM PDT by SECURE AMERICA (Where can I sign up for the New American Revolution and the Crusades 2012?)
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To: Publius804

And just think; these union drooling halfwits PAID some ash hole with a law degree to think that up!


14 posted on 04/22/2012 4:09:11 AM PDT by jmaroneps37 (Conservatism is truth. Liberalism is lies.)
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To: Publius804

Union thugs are such whiners. Grow up


15 posted on 04/22/2012 4:37:14 AM PDT by bikerman (you can take the man out of the jungle but can't take the jungle out of the man)
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To: Publius804
In a lawsuit against three Indiana government officials, a labor union alleged on Wednesday that its constitutional rights under the Thirteenth Amendment — which outlawed “slavery” and “involuntary servitude” — are violated whenever its members are forced to work alongside nonunion employees.

Oh, I get it: Those poor Union members were kidnapped and no doubt, at the point of a gun, "FORCED" to work alongside nonunion employees.

You just can't make this sheet up!

16 posted on 04/22/2012 4:58:02 AM PDT by Conservative Vermont Vet (l)
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To: Publius804

This is progress folks!

As late a 10 years ago we wold never hve seen the more idiotic union socialists on TV because the mainstream whorenalists would have kept them from us so as to avoid hurting their agenda

but we need the public to see as much of them as possible


17 posted on 04/22/2012 5:00:06 AM PDT by Mr. K (If Romney wins the primary, I am writing-in PALIN)
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To: Publius804

Why don,t the little cry baby socialists just go home then?
Even if they are not earning as much as the non union workers they are still getting more than they are worth.


18 posted on 04/22/2012 5:24:41 AM PDT by ravenwolf (reIf you believe that Nero was the anti-Christ, and among othJust a bit of the long list of proofsre)
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To: Publius804
That is an amazing type of slavery where you don't have to flee north to Canada by the Underground Railroad pursued by men with dogs and guns trying to bring you back. Instead all you have to do is drop union membership and privately negotiate your pay. Imagine if slaves on southern (Democratic) plantations just had to say to their owners "this whole slavery thing isn't working for me, so I would like to be free and also paid to work here."

The good thing about this is that this shows they have run out of any rational arguments to fight right to work laws.

19 posted on 04/22/2012 6:31:58 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (You only have three billion heartbeats in a lifetime.How many does the government claim as its own?)
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To: Publius804

The goal of unions is to kill all non-union jobs.


20 posted on 04/22/2012 6:33:16 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (For every black person murdered by a white, thirty-nine white people are murdered by blacks.)
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To: Publius804

I’ll be stunned if this act of desperation makes it past the first motion for summary dismissal.


21 posted on 04/22/2012 6:33:49 AM PDT by Buckeye Battle Cry (Not Romney - Not ever!)
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To: Publius804
feh...
22 posted on 04/22/2012 6:49:03 AM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Publius804
The new lawsuit suggests that when nonunion employees earn higher salaries and better benefits because of the union’s negotiation on behalf of its members, the union has been forced to work for those nonunion employees for free.

Gee, Mr. Union, someone is FORCING you to do what you do? That does sound bad.

Now, see, if you would just help get Conservatives elected to office, we could get an Attorney General to go after those dastardly people and then you'd be free to go out and look for a job where you aren't being threatened with a flogging for stepping out of line.

Prayers up for you, Mr. U.

23 posted on 04/22/2012 8:00:27 AM PDT by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: Publius804

Having never served as a slave or being descended from slaves, isn’t it somewhat insulting to compare the working conditions Union Representatives endure every day to that which slaves experienced?


24 posted on 04/22/2012 8:02:21 AM PDT by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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