“Progressive” Young Turks Founder Who Promotes Unions, Refuses to Allow Own Staff to Form Union
Talk about massive hypocrisy! Young Turks founder who is an extreme progressive and is in favor of unionization, just like every other brainless liberal out there, is not happy with the idea of “The Young Turks” staff banding together in an attempt to form a union.
Uygur, who is running for the congressional seat of disgraced Democratic Rep. Katie Hill (CA), reportedly pleaded with employees at an in-person, all-staff meeting earlier this month to avoid unionizing.
Before the meeting, National Review noted in a report published Monday, “a Twitter account purportedly representing the employees of The Young Turks announced their ‘decision to go union,’ saying they are ‘proud’ to ‘put into practice in our workplace the values that our work helps bring to the screen every day.’”
The statement read, “We stand in solidarity with the renaissance of labor activism we see now in workplaces of all kinds throughout the country.”
According to staffers at the meeting, however, Uygur argued against unionizing, “at one point throwing his papers on the ground and reprimanding an employee,” National Review noted.
The Young Turks responded via Twitter to the whole fiasco and here is what they said:
TYT puts its employees first. We have been clear that we will honor the majority decision of our staff and want to provide them with the most democratic approach for sharing their preference.
To clarify our position in regards to @IATSE, TYT voluntarily agreed to recognize the union. We did not tell IATSE to go to the NLRB.
We asked for an immediate secret ballot to confirm majority support, which is used by many progressive employers as part of the voluntary recognition process.
We also asked @IATSE to clarify which parts of the company would be covered by the union. IATSE was participating in this discussion and asked us for a process to go forward.
Then last Friday, instead of responding to our proposal about how to proceed, they ambushed us with a public statement claiming we were not voluntarily accepting the union, which is false.
Also we have no idea who is in @TYTUnion, nor do we want to know, but they don’t represent all of the employees of TYT at all. Most of the employees of TYT would be unaffected by @IATSE.
Given the unusual circumstances here – @IATSE not only is actively campaigning against the founder of the company in his political race, but also has clearly acted in bad faith—it would be absurd to accept that they truly represent the wishes of our employees without verification.
If our employees confirm that they really do want this union to represent them, that changes the equation completely. We believe our employees are the ones who should decide and we continue to call for an immediate secret ballot.
If @IATSE doesn’t agree, it’s obvious they never had the support of our employees and this was all a ploy to intimidate us and the people who work at TYT.
The Daily Wire