In the state of Illinois stalking is illegal, as it should be. Well, unless you’re a union boss. Then you can stalk and harass people all you want as long as the stalking is tied to a labor dispute. And Illinois isn’t the only state that’s basically sanctioning stalking for Big Labor. Isn’t that just lovely?
Yes, that’s correct; during labor disputes, Illinois’s law against “aggravated stalking” does not apply to union organizers (Public Act 097-0468). This leads to a simple and logical question: is it ever acceptable to engage in stalking? Apparently, the answer in the Land of Lincoln is yes.
For anyone who engages in aggravated stalking in Illinois, it is a Class 3 felony with a “second or subsequent conviction” serving as a Class 2 felony. The penalty for the crime is serious and it should be. That’s what makes the exemption for organized labor — a special interest — so outrageous and inexcusable.
But unfortunately, Illinois is not alone; it is joined by California, Pennsylvania and Nevada. These states have placed the interests of Big Labor bosses above the safety of average citizens.
As a woman, the notion that the law protects the rights of union organizers to intimidate and harass me instead of protecting my right to live free from fear and torment is stunning. As an American, I believe this violates very basic and core tenets this nation was founded upon. (Read More)
Remember, too, that the NLRB wants to make it easier for labor bosses to stalk employees by forcing employers to hand over their personal home and email addresses to the unions. My, isn’t this a brave new world we’re living in?