House Moves Miller Labor Harassment Legislation
– The state House on Wednesday passed legislation authored by state Rep. Ron Miller (R-Jacobus) which would remove exemptions from Pennsylvania’s Crimes Code that permit certain types of harassment in labor disputes. House Bill 1154
may now be taken up by the state Senate.
“We are now a step closer to removing a carve out that should never have existed,” Miller said. “Some call this an attempt to curtail the right to free speech, when it is in fact an attempt to address a loophole that has been around for far too long and allows another means of undue pressure to be applied in labor situations.”
House Bill 1154 would remove the exemptions that currently permit harassment, stalking and threatening use of a weapon of mass destruction in labor disputes as defined in the Labor Anti-Injunction Act.
The House Judiciary Committee held a hearing on the bill last summer. Miller, who was among the testifiers that day, heard testimony that included a union official essentially justifying his argument over the bill’s intent.
“House Bill 1154 is often incorrectly characterized as an effort to exclusively address exemptions that permit inappropriate behavior by organized labor,” added Miller. “The union representative’s testimony that he also endured harassment proves my point that this is an unbiased bill that protects ALL Pennsylvania workers.”
Questions about this or any legislative issue should be directed to Miller’s district office at (717) 428-9889.
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