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Union vs. Indiana: Right-to-Work Law Violates Anti-Slavery Amendment

My good friend and fellow blogger at Constitution Club published this post.  I find it important to reblog it for your information:

Apr 24 Posted by | Edit


Go big or go home. In February, the International Union of Operating Engineers, (INOE), whose members work as heavy equipment operators, mechanics and construction surveyors, sued Indiana’s governor (Mitch Daniels), attorney general, and labor commissioner, claiming the Hoosier State’s right-to-work law violates the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment to the Constitution. However, something was lacking; there had to be more to it.

It’s now become apparent that the union loons hadn’t sufficiently thought the whole lawsuit thingy through. As a result, the INOE recently amended the suit to include a charge that Indiana also violated the 13th Amendment – which outlawed slavery and involuntary servitude. Seriously, folks – you can’t make this stuff up.

Yep, the union charges that Indiana’s right-to-work law turns union workers into slaves.

It’s hard enough to wrap one’s head around how a right-to-work law violates the Equal Protection Clause – which states that“no person or class of persons shall be denied the same protection of the laws that is enjoyed by other persons or other classes in like circumstances in their lives, liberty, property, and pursuit of happiness.” Ironically, wouldn’t denying non-union workers the same rights as those enjoyed by union workers be a more apt example of a violation of the Clause?

Be that as it may, the real craziness begins with the assertion that Mitch Daniels & Co. are also in violation of the 13thAmendment, which says: “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to its jurisdiction.” Really?  Read on….

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