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But when faced with action from the federal government, the site caved.
In the wake of sports and culture site the Ringer announcing its unionization efforts last fall, Barstool president Dave Portnoy went on an anti-union tirade, declaring that employees of the company would never unionize under his watch.
Unfortunately for Portnoy, comments like those are illegal. All employees in the U.S. have a right to discuss and attempt unionization, and his tweets led numerous people to file complaints with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).
In the tweets, Portnoy said he would fire any employee who met with a union lawyer.
In the agreement, Barstool noted that it will not do anything to prevent its employees from exercising the right to unionize, and would not threaten anyone for doing so.
The site also agreed to delete the Twitter account @BSSUnion.
On its website, the NLRB said that a settlement had been reached with the company on Jan. 7, 2020.
Update 8:05am CT, Jan. 24: The Industrial Workers of the World Freelance Journalists Union, who filed one of the claims against Barstool, put out a statement about the settlement yesterday.
“While Portnoy has attempted to use the “it’s just a joke” defense—and will likely continue to do so in lieu of learning how to actually be funny—his behavior indicates a clear effort to establish an anti-union atmosphere at Barstool Sports at a time when media workers are increasingly finding unionization to be their only source of defense against bosses like Portnoy: bosses who are only interested in the false sense of superiority and power that comes from being massive dicks.”
David Covucci is the Layer 8 editor at the Daily Dot, covering the intersection of politics and the web. His work has appeared in Vice, the Huffington Post, Jezebel, Gothamist, and other publications. He is particularly interested in hearing any tips you have. Reach out at [email protected]