By Myles Snyder Published:
HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – Business management and labor unions in Pennsylvania would no longer be exempt from prosecution for stalking, harassment, stalking, and threats of violence under legislation approved Monday by the state House of Representatives.
House Bill 874 was sent to the Senate by a vote of 109-84.
House Majority Leader Rep. Dave Reed (R-Indiana) said under current law, it is illegal to call in a bomb scare, or stalk people or their kids, except if the caller or stalker is involved in a labor dispute.
Reed said the majority of business managers and workers work together honorably and effectively, but added the laws should protect all Pennsylvanians from stalking or threats of harm.
He said the exception was brought to light last year when the FBI arrested 10 members of Philadelphia Ironworkers Local 401, including union leadership, for aiding racketeering and arson.
According to the federal indictment, union members repeatedly threatened non-union construction employers with violence unless they hired a certain amount of union members.