Union Busting Bill Targets Picketing

 

Following the lead of lawmakers in Michigan, Mississippi and elsewhere, state Sen. Barrow Peacock, R-Bossier City, is pushing legislation that would establish new rules and penalties for "mass picketing."

In other states, unions are arguing that it's a clear attack on their rights to strike and protest. "I got the idea from the U.S. Chamber," Peacock told LaPolitics.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has teamed up with local chambers in other states to push the concept, suggesting picketing can hurt companies if not controlled properly.

Peacock's SB 551 would prohibit picketing if it prevents a person from pursuing employment opportunities; interferes with business entrances or roadways; or takes place on private property without permission.

It would also increase fines and penalties from as much as $100 and 15 days in prison to $1,000 per day for individuals and $10,000 per day for labor organizations involved with the violations.

The bill is pending action before the Senate Labor and Industrial Relations Committee.

This story was first published in Issue 976 of LaPolitics Weekly on April 10, 2014. Wish you would have read it then? Subscribe now!

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