Second Regular Session 117th General Assembly (2012)
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HOUSE ENROLLED ACT No. 1001
AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning labor and safety.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Indiana:
SOURCE: IC 22-6-6; (12)HE1001.1.1. -->
SECTION 1. IC 22-6-6 IS ADDED TO THE INDIANA CODE AS
CHAPTER TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE UPON
Chapter 6. Right to Work
Sec. 1. This chapter does not apply to the following:
(1) An employee of the United States or a wholly owned
corporation of the United States.
(A) employee; and
subject to the federal Railway Labor Act (45 U.S.C. 151 et
(3) An employee employed on property over which the United
States government has exclusive jurisdiction for the purpose
of labor relations.
(4) An employee of the state.
(5) An employee of a political subdivision (as defined in
Sec. 2. This chapter does not apply to the extent that it:
(1) conflicts with; or
(2) is preempted by;
Sec. 3. Nothing in this chapter is intended, or should be
construed, to change or affect any law concerning collective
bargaining or collective bargaining agreements in the building and
construction industry other than:
(1) a law that permits agreements that would require
membership in a labor organization;
(2) a law that permits agreements that would require the
payment of dues, fees, assessments, or other charges of any
kind or amount to a labor organization; or
(3) a law that permits agreements that would require the
payment to a charity or a third party of an amount that is
equivalent to or a pro rata part of dues, fees, assessment, or
other charges required of members of a labor organization;
as a condition of employment.
Sec. 4. As used in this chapter, "employer" means:
(1) a person employing at least one (1) individual in Indiana;
(2) an agent of an employer described in subdivision (1).
Sec. 5. As used in this chapter, "labor organization" means:
(1) an organization;
(2) an agency;
(3) a union; or
(4) an employee representation committee;
that exists, in whole or in part, to assist employees in negotiating
with employers concerning grievances, labor disputes, wages, rates
of pay, or other terms or conditions of employment.
Sec. 6. As used in this chapter, "person" means:
(1) an individual;
(2) a proprietorship;
(3) a partnership;
(4) a firm;
(5) an association;
(6) a corporation;
(7) a labor organization; or
(8) another legal entity.
Sec. 7. As used in this chapter, "the state" includes:
(1) a board;
(2) a branch;
(3) a commission;
(4) a department;
(5) a division;
(6) a bureau;
(7) a committee;
(8) an agency;
(9) an institution (including a state educational institution as
defined in IC 21-7-13-32);
(10) an authority; or
(11) another instrumentality;
of the state.
Sec. 8. A person may not require an individual to:
(1) become or remain a member of a labor organization;
(2) pay dues, fees, assessments, or other charges of any kind
or amount to a labor organization; or
(3) pay to a charity or third party an amount that is
equivalent to or a pro rata part of dues, fees, assessments, or
other charges required of members of a labor organization;
as a condition of employment or continuation of employment.
Sec. 9. A contract, agreement, understanding, or practice,
written or oral, express or implied, between:
(1) a labor organization; and
(2) an employer;
that violates section 8 of this chapter is unlawful and void.
Sec. 10. A person that knowingly or intentionally, directly or
indirectly, violates section 8 of this chapter commits a Class A
Sec. 11. An individual who is employed by an employer may file
a complaint that alleges a violation or threatened violation of this
chapter with the attorney general, the department of labor, or the
prosecuting attorney of the county in which the individual is
employed. Upon receiving a complaint under this section, the
attorney general, department of labor, or prosecuting attorney
(1) investigate the complaint; and
(2) enforce compliance if a violation of this chapter is found.
In addition to any other remedy available under this chapter, if the
department of labor determines that a violation or a threatened
violation of this chapter has occurred, the department of labor may
issue an administrative order providing for any of the civil
remedies described in section 12 of this chapter. The department
of labor may adopt rules under IC 4-22-2, including emergency
rules under IC 4-22-2-37.1, to carry out its responsibilities under
Sec. 12. (a) If an individual suffers an injury:
(1) as the result of any act or practice that violates this
(2) from a threatened violation of this chapter;
the individual may bring a civil action.
(b) A court may order an award of any or all of the following to
an individual who prevails in an action under subsection (a):
(1) The greater of:
(A) actual and consequential damages resulting from the
violation or threatened violation; or
(B) liquidated damages of not more than one thousand
(2) Reasonable attorney's fees, litigation expenses, and costs.
(3) Declaratory or equitable relief, including injunctive relief.
(4) Other relief the court considers proper.
(c) The remedies and penalties set forth in subsection (b) are:
(1) cumulative; and
(2) in addition to other remedies and penalties imposed for a
violation of this chapter.
Sec. 13. Sections 8 through 12 of this chapter:
(1) apply to a written or oral contract or agreement entered
into, modified, renewed, or extended after March 14, 2012;
(2) do not apply to or abrogate a written or oral contract or
agreement in effect on March 14, 2012.