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Unions Exempt From Anti-Stalking Laws

Unions have been getting away with an increasing level of violence and intimidation – including stalking.  Recent news reports have shown a rise in the number of cases where members of unions are stalking innocent, law-abiding and hardworking citizens.  Yet, tragically enough, in some states, unions are exempt from being prosecuted under anti-stalking laws.  

Anti-stalking laws exist in all 50 states, and the penalties for repeatedly harassing others can be very severe.

But in some states, union bosses have somehow managed to carve out special clauses in anti-stalking statutes, making sure that the law won’t apply to them.  That's right: some states actually have exemptions from these laws for individuals who stalk while participating in labor organizing activities:

IN STATES SUCH AS PENNSYLVANIA, CALIFORNIA AND NEVADA penalties for stalking “shall not apply to conduct by a party to a labor dispute.”  


ILLINOIS’ UNION CRONY CARVE OUT IS EVEN MORE DISTURBING.  The state is recently coming under scrutiny for creating a broad exemption for stalking.  Union members engaging such activities won’t have to worry about prosecution if the stalking and intimidation has to do with “any controversy concerning wages, salaries, hours, working conditions or benefits … the making or maintaining of collective bargaining agreements, and the terms to be included in those agreements.”


To learn more, visit the following:

Sabotage, Stalking and Stealth Exemptions – Special State Laws for Labor Unions – U.S. Chamber of Commerce, 2012 

Disorganized Labor: Union Violence And The Demand For Reform – Washington Times, 2/20/13

Why Do Unions Seek Exemption From Anti-Stalking Laws? –Reuters, 2/14/13

Congress Has Chance To End Union Violence – FOX News, 11/15/02

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