February 22, 2013 TO: FROM: All House Members David N. Taylor, Executive Director Carl A.

Marrara, Director of Government Affairs Please cosponsor proposed legislation amending Title 18 to repeal legal favoritism for organized labor.


If engaged in a labor dispute, organized labor is granted exemptions in Title 18 that allow them to harass, stalk, and threaten the use of weapons of mass destruction. Chairman Ron Miller (R-93) will be introducing legislation that would amend Title 18 (Crimes and Offenses) make these actions illegal under any circumstance and that would remove the caveat that excludes labor unions. We ask that you support this legislation and become a cosponsor today. The aforementioned exemptions are a part of the Labor Anti-Injunction Act that passed in 1937. These provisions are archaic and must be stricken from Title 18 immediately. According to Pennsylvania law, stalking is defined as, “engaging in a course of conduct or repeatedly committing acts toward another under circumstances that demonstrate intent to cause substantial emotional distress to the person.” A 2012 U.S. Chamber of Commerce reported, “Harassment of opponents is often part of a union’s effort to confront adversaries and pressure them to give in to its demands, and stalking is one aspect of this behavior. Unions have been known to employ this tactic even against other unions.” We must respect the safety and emotional well-being of our workforce and not allow these actions to lawfully occur. Much to our surprise, this same act pardons the “threat to use weapons of mass destruction” from parties involved in a labor dispute. The likelihood of these actions occurring remains irrelevant; the mere possibility of this type of threat being protected by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is unacceptable. The favoritism that the Labor Anti-Junction Act establishes is unjustified and unwarranted. Workforce safety is paramount and these circumstances no exception. We ask that you support Chairman Miller’s legislation that would end organized labor exceptions in Title 18. Please consider becoming a cosponsor of this important piece of legislation. If you wish to become a cosponsor, please contact Pamela Davis by phone at 717-783-8389 or by email at pdavis@pahousegop.com.

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