By Sahid Fawaz

This is union-busting at its worst.

The Huffington Post reports:

"When billionaire Joe Ricketts on Thursday shut down the Gothamist and DNAInfo news sites he owns, his company didn’t hesitate to identify one culprit: the staff’s successful unionization vote last week.

'The decision by the editorial team to unionize is simply another competitive obstacle making it harder for the business to be financially successful,' a spokesperson told the New York Times. More than a hundred workers lost their jobs.

Under U.S. labor law, it’s illegal to tell workers you will shut down operations if they join a union. But it’s not illegal to actually shut down the business once they unionize. Although Ricketts could not have legally laid people off in response to their vote, he was well within his rights to zap the entire company and turn the lights off in part or entirely because of the union. Gothamist’s satellite sites in Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington, D.C., were shut down right along with the two offices that unionized.

Ricketts lost money on DNAInfo for years, and bought Gothamist only in March. But his decision to shut them down right after a union vote could be felt at non-union sites throughout journalism, particularly as a wave of digital news sites have sought collecting bargaining.

'It seems like someone like Ricketts is doing this out of capital due diligence more than anything,' said Moshe Marvit, a labor lawyer and fellow at the Century Foundation think tank. 'I think it definitely sends a message. He wanted to say workers should be afraid. Journalists aren’t stupid. They’re going to pay attention.'"

For the rest of the story, check out the full piece at the Huffington Post here.


+4 #3 Nick 2017-11-08 10:16
Another greedy smuck that wants only to pad his already billion dollar pocket book. And this loser who is in office as president wants to hook up more of his buddies like this. And all the spoon fed idiots who elected this moron are brainwashed with trickle down crumbs that hasn't come yet. It's like a cult with these people. Keep believing greedy scum like this care about anyone else other then their pocketbooks. And I'm not at all a liberal or a Democrat. Just a commonsense thinking veteran who thinks people have lost their minds in record numbers. Take America back people, putting another billionaire in office is not the solution. Stop getting played.
+3 #2 Darrin Woods 2017-11-08 07:32
Corperate greed at its finest.And lets drop thier tax rate fron 35% to 15% and the poor shmoe that works for him can pay and make up the difference.
+5 #1 Billy boy 2017-11-06 09:43
These are the same people that want 15.00$ an hour at Mcdonalds....unions fought for a living wage and benifits all their lives...only to have people like this watch it be taken away...when. unions goes with it...

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