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PA Chamber exec: House bill to criminalize some extreme union activity will affect few union members

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A Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry executive testified before a House committee last week about a bill that would allow union members involved in labor disputes to be prosecuted for crimes such as stalking and harassment.

A U.S. Chamber of Commerce report recently singled out Pennsylvania as a state where union members are protected from prosecution if such activity occurs in connection with a labor dispute. That prompted state Rep. Ron Miller, R-York, to introduce House Bill 1154, according to a release from the Pennsylvania chamber.

On Thursday, Alex Halper, government affairs director for the Pennsylvania chamber, testified before the House Judiciary Committee. Halper said the bill would not affect union members engaged in lawful disputes or protests against businesses.

"In fact, I suspect that very few union members would be impacted by the bill because most union members do not commit the crimes the legislation seeks to address," he said.

To read all of Halper's testimony, click here.

Amy Gulli

Amy Gulli

Amy Gulli is the managing editor of the Central Penn Business Journal. Have a question or tip for her? Email her at amy@cpbj.com. Follow her on Twitter, @amygulli. Circle Amy Gulli on .

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