Rapp Pleased With Advancement of Legislation to Shield All PA Workers from Union Violence and Intimidation
HARRISBURG – State Rep. Kathy Rapp (R-Warren/Forest/McKean) applauded her House Republican colleagues today for uniting to advance legislation that would remove exceptions from Pennsylvania’s Crimes Code that permit certain types of legal exemptions for union harassment and other forms of worker intimidation related to labor disputes.

“Final passage of this legislation will send a clear message that collective bargaining in Pennsylvania must no longer include intimidation, harassment or even threats to use weapons of mass destruction to resolve any labor dispute, regardless of union membership,” said Rapp. “The type of violent union thuggery that led to the recent indictments of several members of the Philadelphia-based Ironworkers Local 401for allegations of extortion, beatings, sabotage and racketeering should have absolutely no place in any Pennsylvania workplace.”

Now advancing to the state Senate,House Bill 1154, which was approved by the House on Wednesday by an overwhelmingly party line vote of 115-74, 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.

This Criminal Code exception was recently brought to light by a Feb. 18 event where the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) arrested 10 members of Philadelphia Ironworkers Local 401, including union leadership, for aiding racketeering and arson, and indicted them under the federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act.

According to the indictment, union members repeatedly threatened non-union construction employers with violence unless they hired a certain amount of union members. The indictment noted, violence was “deeply ingrained in the structure of their organization.”

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Representative Kathy Rapp
65th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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