An anti-union CEO who arrogantly believed he knew more about union law than Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) is now eating crow after the National Labor Relations Board, also known as the NLRB, proved her right and punished his company for threatening to fire employees for trying to organize.
Back in August, Barstool Sports CEO David Portnoy threatened to fire any employee “on the spot” if they spoke to a specific colleague about organizing a union.
Ocasio-Cortez wasted no time calling him out for openly violating established labor laws and informing him that he could be sued for it.
Rather than listen to her advice, Portnoy challenged her to a debate instead.
— Dave Portnoy (@stoolpresidente) August 13, 2019
Clearly, Portnoy assumed his anti-union stance and actions to be lawful. But it turns out that the National Labor Relations Board disagreed because Portnoy recently had to settle the case by agreeing to remove all anti-union social media posts and to inform their workers that they can form a union without fear of reprisals.
According to Bloomberg Law, Barstool Sports “will notify employees of their right to unionize by email and physical postings. Notices of federal labor rights will be displayed for at least 60 days in Barstool Sports’ New York headquarters and its satellite offices in Dallas, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Watertown, Mass.”
“The resolution of these charges reflects that there will be zero tolerance for anti-union efforts to threaten, restrain or coerce workers in the editorial industry,” Industrial Workers of the World attorney Benjamin N. Dictor said in a statement.
Even Ocasio-Cortez could not resist rubbing egg all over Portnoy’s face for being forced to settle with the NLRB and reminded him that threatening employees is illegal.
Well, well, well:
Remember when we put the CEO of Barstool Sports on notice about tweeting threats to intimidate his workers from unionizing?
Looks like he just had to settle with the NLRB over his actions.
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) January 21, 2020
This isn’t the first time Ocasio-Cortez has been proved right. Amazon recently agreed to build in New York with the billions of dollars of taxpayer subsidies they claimed to need even though the company is one of the richest on Earth. AOC led the outrage against the company, predicting that Amazon would come to New York anyway and still create thousands of jobs without the subsidies. Amazon did come back, and they didn’t need subsidies. Now AOC has another victory.
This is a perfect example of karma coming back to bite a complete jerk on the a**. Instead of antagonizing Ocasio-Cortez for pointing out NLRB labor laws, Portnoy should have listened to her. Now he has been humiliated and he only has himself to blame.
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