updated: 2/17/2012 12:50:28 PM
An Indianapolis labor relations attorney believes businesses need to open the lines of communication with unionized workers leading to the implementation of the state's new right-to-work law. Ken Yerkes from Barnes & Thornburg LLP says many unions are already outlining the benefits of union dues to their membership, but employers also need to be prepared to answer questions about the impact of the law. In an interview airing this weekend on Inside INdiana Business Television, Yerkes says open communication will be critical before right-to-work takes effect March 14.
Yerkes says contracts negotiated prior to March 14 will not change. That means union dues covered in those collective bargaining agreements will still be lawful.
As for contract negotiations after that date, Yerkes says employers should be prepared to answer questions about what it means for workers to have a choice about union dues.
The state legislature passed a bill earlier this year, paving the way for Indiana to become the 23rd right-to-work state and only one in the industrial Midwest.
Source: Inside INdiana Business