The Hollywood Reporter reports that the National Labor Relations Board is now investigating Barstool Sports Founder Dave Portnoy for his recent efforts to discourage his staff from unionizing.
BLP reported on Portnoy’s spat with left-wing journalists and even Congresswoman Alexandria-Ocasio Cortez on the subject of unionization. Portnoy remained adamant about his anti-union stances.
The NLRB believes that Portnoy’s action constitutes an illegal move to discourage his employees from joining a union.
Left-wing journalists like Rafi Letzter, a writer at Live Science, were goading Barstool employees into joining a union. However, Portnoy responded by threatening to fire any employee who tried getting contact with journalists or make any attempts to unionize.
This exchange soon engulfed AOC, who declared that Portnoy was “likely breaking the law“, while Donald Trump Jr. chimed in by saying that “Picking a fight with @stoolpresidente and @barstoolsports is probably the biggest mistake @AOC has ever made on Twitter.”
Now, a federal agency is getting involved in this dispute.
The Committee to Preserve the Religious Right to Organize recently filed charging papers at the NLRB against Barstool Sports. The Chernin Group holds a majority ownership stake of Barstool Sports. According to the charge, which The Hollywood Reporter obtained, “Within the last six months, Barstool Sports, affiliated with the Chernin Group, through its crazed president, Dave Portnoy, has threatened to discipline employees on account o[f] Union and/or protected activity. The Charging Party seeks as relief that Mr. Portnoy be required to tweet and otherwise publicize his severe and sincere apology and to post the appropriate Notice on the public website. He should be required to read the Notice to all employees and make a public announcement about the Notice on his media locations of any nature.”
The NLRB says that it recognizes the filing and sent a letter to Barstool Sports so that they can get a response. The NLRB enforces the National Labor Relations Act. Sections 7 and 8(a)(1) protects employees’ rights to join or set up a union, while Sections 8(a)(1) & (3) prohibits “interfering with, restraining, coercing or firing an employee in regard to those rights.” Another provision of the law, Section 8(a)(4), bars any form of retaliation against an employee for filing charges or providing testimony.
At the same time, a lesser-known part of Section 7 additionally protects non-unionized employees’ rights to participate in “concerted activities” (group activities) for the purpose of “collective bargaining or other mutual aid or protection.”
Because of this charge, the NLRB is tasked with investigating Barstool Sports and all other parties involved. A decision on the charge is expected to come in the next few months unless the charges are withdrawn. If the charging party is successful in their case, an NLRB Regional Director could petition a federal court for an injunction against Barstool Sports.
Southern Baptist Convention Reverses Course on Name Change After BLP Reporting
They say they’re not changing their name.
The Southern Baptist Convention has sought to dispel reporting from Big League Politics on the organization’s planned name change, arguing that the institution isn’t formally changing its name.
To correct multiple inaccurate reports, “We Are Great Commission Baptists” is the 2021 Annual Meeting THEME.
The GCB descriptor was approved in 2012 for churches to use if it would be helpful in their local context.
The Southern Baptist Convention remains our official name.
— SBC Executive Committee (@SBCExecComm) September 17, 2020
But a close look at the American Christian church’s plans relating to its name reveal that it’s played with the idea far more seriously than they’re making it seem.
Reports of a name change first emerged in a Washington Post article published on Tuesday. SBC President JD Greear told the Post that “hundreds of churches” affiliated with the denomination had “committed” to using the phrase “Great Commission Baptist” as an alternative to the denomination’s longtime moniker. The change would come as Greear touts his support of the Black Lives Matter, although he’s been careful in pointing out he doesn’t support any formal organization related to the movement. Greear also is renaming the church he personally pastors with the term.
The SBC’s 2021 convention will also organize under the motto of “We Are Great Commission Baptists.” Sounds a lot like a name change, even if the SBC’s leadership is steadfastly maintaining it isn’t.
The name ‘Great Commission Baptist’ is theologically sound in the Christian religion, but it’s somewhat questionable that the organization’s leader appears to be emphasizing it at a moment in which political correctness is making its entryism into many Christian churches and organizations.
It seems as if the organization’s figurehead is keen to present himself as a liberal-style suburban Evangelical to the Washington Post, but he changed his tune quite quickly when the rank and file membership of Southern Baptist churches learned that he was promoting the idea of a name change.
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