I write to urge you to support House Bill 874. Pennsylvania’s criminal code currently declares harassment, stalking, and deadly threats to be protected activities when perpetrated by a party engaged in a labor dispute. House Bill 874 .
No one, management or labor, should be allowed to lawfully harass, stalk, threaten violence or make bomb threats. What starts as harassment can escalate to violence and destruction of property. Such examples were highlighted in the recent federal indictments and convictions related to the December 2012 burning and vandalism of a Quaker church construction site in Philadelphia. Dozens of other incidents are depicted in the indictment, in which harassment and confrontational visits ended in violence and destruction of property. Had local law enforcement been able to successfully intervene earlier, the situation may not have escalated and federal intervention may not have been necessary.
I ask you to support this legislation and help ensure that Pennsylvania workers are safer and more secure at the workplace and in their communities.