picketlines http://michiganradio.org en Unions blast House panel for advancing mass picketing, strike bills http://michiganradio.org/post/unions-blast-house-panel-advancing-mass-picketing-strike-bills <p>Union officials say a set of bills in Lansing are an attack on employees’ ability to strike and protest.</p><p>The state House Oversight Committee approved the legislation Tuesday. It now goes to the full state House.</p><p>House Bill 4643 would increase penalties for protesters who violate current picketing laws. It would also allow business owners to get a court order banning a demonstration without first having to prove picketers were doing something wrong.</p><p>Rep. Jim Townsend (D-Royal Oak) is the top Democrat on the panel. He called that language unconstitutional.</p> Wed, 25 Sep 2013 01:15:46 +0000 Jake Neher 14573 at http://michiganradio.org Unions blast House panel for advancing mass picketing, strike bills