Local 100 of the United Labor Unions, which represents workers in Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas filed a complaint against the Dallas Cowboys, claiming Jerry Jones, the owner, president, and general manager of the NFL Dallas Cowboys team has violated the National Labor Relations Act by threatening players if they choose not to stand for the national anthem.
Few days ago, Jonas said that if a player disrespects the flag and the anthem by not standing then the player would not be allowed to play the game. “…If there is anything that is disrespectful to the flag then we will not play,” Jones said. “You understand? If we are disrespecting the flag then we won’t play. Period.”
“We’re going to respect the flag, and I’m going to create the perception of it. And we have.”
“Local 100 filed charges with Region 16 of the NLRB against the Dallas Cowboys to stop owner, Jerry Jones, from threatening players with benching or termination for exercising their right to concerted activity under the National Labor Relations Act,” the union said on its Facebook page.
“Sorry, Jerry, you’re over the line, partner. Workers have rights!”
The union’s chief organizer of Local 100, Wade Rathke, in a written statement, told the Forth Worth Star-Telegram that Jones has no authority to punish players over their actions during the anthem, and e also said that players have right to protest.
“Jones through his efforts to bully his playing workforce is attempting to unilaterally establish a previously nonexistent condition of work,” said Rathke .
“Either way it’s a threat and you can’t threaten someone’s job for concerted activity. The point is he is threatening anybody and everybody. We are trying to send Mr. Jones a message that there is a law here. The law here is that you have the ability to act with your co-worker. You can’t just roll over someone’s rights when they are a worker. You can’t bully workers on the job. President (Donald) Trump might not get that. Jones might be confused. But these are workers with rights with the National Labor Relations Board,” union’s chief said in an interview with the Star-Telegram.
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