Indiana Unions laws & HR compliance analysis

Indiana Unions: What you need to know

Indiana has relatively little say in the regulation of labor unions. This is because most of the protections given to labor organizations are contained in the federal National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). This law is “preemptive,” which means that it overrides state law in the areas that it covers, which include almost all of private employment. But in the areas it does not cover, such as the rights of public employees and the rights of private employees who are not engaged in interstate commerce, states are free to make their own provisions.
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It is the public policy of the state that individual workers have freedom of association, self-organization, and designation of representatives of his or her own choosing, and are to be free from interference, restraint, or coercion from employers in the designation of such representatives, in self-organization, or in any other activity for the purpose of collective bargaining or mutual protection (IN Code Sec. 22-6-1-2).
Indiana law provides that no worker or group of workers will be denied the right to select their bargaining representative, or be denied the right to organize into a local union or association to exist according to the laws of the state (IN Code Sec. 22-7-1-1 et seq.). Constitutions, bylaws, and other laws adopted by labor organizations are enforceable contracts between union members and officers, unless they violate public policy (IN Code Sec. 22-7-2-1).
Under Indiana law, employees are guaranteed the right to vote by secret ballot in union elections, and employers have the right to campaign in connection with a union election. The law does not apply to the extent that it conflicts ...

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