Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Is Union Violence OK?

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Workforce Freedom Initiative recently released a study: "Sabotage, Stalking and Stealth Exemptions: Special State Laws for Labor Unions."  The study found that the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is one of the states that protect violence or threats of violence from unions.

Take stalking for example.  Every state in the U.S. has laws against stalking.  Pennsylvania defines stalking as  engaging in a course of conduct or repeatedly committing acts toward another under circumstances that demonstrate intent to cause substantial emotion distress to the person.  The law goes on to specifically exempt from the definition of stalking any conduct by a party to a labor dispute.

Many other labor loopholes also exist under trespassing, harassment, and other threats of violence violations.  House Bill 1154 seeks to close the labor loopholes.  Only Republican Representative Garth Everett has signed on as a sponsor from the Northeastern delegation.

Harassment, stalking, and threats of violence should be illegal for all Pennsylvanians, including union members.

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