Unions rally outside City Hall in 2013. Rikard Larma/Metro.
A bill has passed the Pennsylvania state house of representatives that would end the loophole under which union members involved in a dispute with management are allowed to stalk, threaten and harass their managers.
Now the bill must pass the state senate before it can be signed by Gov. Corbett, reported ABC.
State bill #1154, introduced by state Rep. Ron Miller, reportedly was passed 115 to 74, with support from all Republicans and some opposition from Democrats.
First introduced in April 2013, the bill's profile was raised after 10 members of the Philadelphia Ironworkers union were indicted last month on federal charges ranging from racketeering and extortion to arson and assault for years of harassment of contractors and non-union employees.
Employees of management companies were previously stalked in public by several of the indicted union members who threatened violence and screamed at them, reports say.
But when those employees complained to authorities and criminal charges were pressed in Philadelphia courts, the charges were dismissed due to the loophole that this bill seeks to close, according to reports.