PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A Pennsylvania legislator is hoping to repeal a state law that protects both sides in a labor dispute from prosecution for stalking, harassment and making terroristic threats.
Rep. Ron Miller told The Philadelphia Inquirer in a story published Thursday (http://bit.ly/1jDppZC ) that the exemption fosters a culture of conflict that leads to more dangerous behavior. The York County Republican's bill is in the House Judiciary Committee.
The exemption is under new scrutiny in the wake of a recent a federal indictment charging some members of a Philadelphia ironworkers' local with racketeering.
Prosecutors say the union waged a campaign of intimidation, assaults and property damage, including setting a crane on fire, to coerce building contractors into hiring them over non-union competition. Ten of its business officials and members were arrested Feb.18.
Information from: The Philadelphia Inquirer, http://www.inquirer.com
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