Sen. Vitter introduces ‘Freedom from Union Violence Act’ — labeled distraction by AFL-CIO


By Bruce Alpert |

Since 1995, Republican lawmakers have introduced legislation that would make violence committed as part of labor union organizing efforts a federal crime.

Sen. David Vitter, R-La, is the latest to sponsors the legislation, though prospects for enactment are probably no better than when Rep. Philip Crane R-Ill., introduced it 14 years ago.

The bill, introduced last week, is called the Freedom from Union Violence Act and imposes maximum penalties of 20 years in prison and/or a $250,000 fine for violence committed as part of an effort to sign up workers in a union.

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