Thursday, November 2, 2017

Conservative Joe Rickets Parties Like It's 1910

Paternalistic and Abusive Towards Unionized Employees

Like 80years ago, yeah, like that, American workers won the right to unionize and engage in collective bargaining with employers. Union rights are now part of the American fabric, for better or worse, but mostly for better. But try and tell that to an early 20th century troglodyte like conservative Republican Joe Rickets, he of the entitled billionaire class. Here is his take when some of his employees formed a union

Reporters and editors at the commonly owned New York news sites DNAinfo and Gothamist are now represented by a union.
The newsroom workers initially agreed to join the union, the Writers Guild of America East, in April, shortly after DNAinfo bought Gothamist. But DNAinfo’s owner, Joe Ricketts, refused to recognize the union, so the National Labor Relations Board conducted a formal vote on Thursday. The result — 25 out of 27 workers voted to join the Writers Guild — means that management is required to bargain with the union.. . .

After the workers tried to organize in the spring, Mr. Ricketts, who founded TD Ameritrade and whose family owns the Chicago Cubs, wrote to them, “As long as it’s my money that’s paying for everything, I intend to be the one making the decisions about the direction of the business.”

What a display of arrogance and ignorance. But then then nothing says conservative Republican like arrogance and ignorance.

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