In United States v. Enmons, 410 U.S. 396 (1973), the Supreme Court held that violence, if carried out in furtherance of a labor union’s objectives, does not violate the law according to the extortion and robbery provisions of the federal anti-Racketeering Act of 1934.
The court’s ruling set a legal precedent where violent acts against an employer by workers on strike, including destruction of property, assault, and homicide, are not punishable offenses under federal law.
While technically the law specifically refers to extortion under the Hobbs Act, in fact the decision has led to an epidemic of union violence at which law enforcement typically winks.
What country is this? Do we live in the Soviet Union? Why is organized thuggery given a pass? Do certain parts of society need “affirmative action” to permit them to trample on law and order?
This provision, known as the Enmons decision is blatantly inappropriate for our time. It should be repealed.