Happy Valentine’s Day: Unions Exempted From Anti-Stalking Laws


I wasn’t aware of this, but according to Americans for Tax Reform unions in several states have managed to get themselves exempted from anti-stalking laws.

From Reuters:

Every state has made stalking a crime. These laws help protect people who might otherwise live in fear. Yet labor unions have successfully, and disconcertingly, lobbied to be exempt from anti-stalking laws in at least four states – California, Pennsylvania, Illinois and Nevada.

“The most glaring examples of union favoritism under state laws,” notes a 2012 U.S. Chamber of Commerce report, “tend to occur in criminal statutes and allow individuals who engage in truly objectionable behavior to avoid prosecution solely because they are participating in some form of labor activity.”

Pennsylvania unions now enjoy a loophole that the state’s anti-stalking law “shall not apply to conduct by a party to a labor dispute.” In Illinois, anti-stalking laws exempt “any controversy concerning wages, salaries, hours, working conditions or benefits … the making of collective bargaining agreements.”

California’s anti-stalking law states: “Any person who willfully, maliciously, and repeatedly follows or willfully and maliciously harasses another person and who makes a credible threat with the intent to place that person in reasonable fear for his or her safety, or the safety of his or her immediate family is guilty of the crime of stalking, punishable by imprisonment in a county jail for not more than one year, or by a fine of not more than one thousand dollars ($1,000), or by both that fine and imprisonment, or by imprisonment in the state prison.”

But, subsection (i) states, “This section shall not apply to conduct that occurs during labor picketing.”

There’s no distinction in the law between activities that might be considered 1st amendment protected protest and acts of intimidation or violence. Meaning that, under this law, union thugs under the guise of labor picketing could follow, harass and perhaps even assault members of management or so-called “scab” workers.

That’s a little scary. It’s amazing to me that these exemptions ever would have been created in the first place.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters.

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  • ND in MD

    After reading this article, I wonder if these laws apply to just unions or both parties in a “labor dispute”. If I was a business owner or manager, could I have people stalk and engage in objectionable behavior with union members? Or is this just a one way street?

  • http://Sayanythingblog.com The Whistler

    More proof that unions use criminal tactics.

    • two_amber_lamps

      Criminality sanctioned by criminal politicians….

  • JoeMN

    Under California law:

    (i) This section shall not apply to conduct that occurs during
    labor picketing.

    For purposes of this section, “immediate family” means any
    spouse, parent, child, any person related by consanguinity or
    affinity within the second degree, or any other person who regularly
    resides in the household, or who, within the prior six months,
    regularly resided in the household.

    Does this mean family members are fair game for union bullies as well ?

    Now, while the SEIU has the authority to legally stalk opponents in CA, they whine about being bullied


  • yy4u2

    Bring your own union n open carry.

    • slackwarerobert

      Yea, I can join a good union like the “Minute Men for Personal Safety”. I had never thought of it till now, the post office employee union stalks me, they are always looking in my mail box. And best of all union dues are tax deductible, so my first order of business is to motion to raise dues to 1 handgun a month, and 4 long guns a year, with 12,000 rounds every fourth year so we can help with the presidential elections.

  • slackwarerobert

    I didn’t know paparazzi were union. I wondered why they cn break the law and nothing is done to them.
    But it does explain how the cops could stalk poor dornan like that.