Policy: Labor

Pennsylvania labor dispute law change runs into opposition

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PHILADELPHIA — A proposal to change Pennsylvania law regarding stalking and harassment in labor disputes is generating a dispute among Republicans in the state Legislature.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reported Sunday that House Republicans are objecting to changes made in the state Senate on a bill designed to address issues raised by the arrest of union leaders on federal racketeering charges.

The paper says the conflict involves language added in the Senate that would protect activity authorized under federal law and the Pennsylvania Constitution.

The Inquirer says House Republicans are considering whether to amend the bill, cut out the new language and send it back to the Senate.

Ten members of a Philadelphia Ironworkers Local 401 were accused earlier this year of intimidation and sabotage against contractors who wouldn't hire their workers.

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