Vitter Wants To Criminalize Labor Union Violence

Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) is eyeing to make any violence that is committed as a part of labor union organizing a federal crime, via legislation that he will introduce soon to Congress.

Vitter told the Hill that his bill would close the loophole, which enables union bosses to essentially do as they wish when it comes to violence. Also, Vitter said that under current law, there are “criminal penalties for acts of robbery or extortion affecting interstate commerce but not union violence.”

“We need to stand up for the workers who would rather work than follow the orders of their union leaders,” Vitter said Tuesday.

“Over the last four decades, union officials have gotten away with thousands of acts of violence and extortion — all because of a legal loophole,” Vitter said. “And all too often, the targets of this violence — hardworking men and women — are the very people unions claim to represent.”

The Freedom from Union Violence Act (FUVA) would fine anyone who commits crimes, such as robbery, extortion or violence, during a labor union issue $250,000 and a possible 20 year prison sentence.

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