Labor Union Wages War Against Jerry Jones’ Decision on Anthem Protests



Local United Labor Union groups have filed a complaint against the Dallas Cowboys, in regards to demanding their players stand for the national anthem.
The union is claiming that owner and general manager, Jerry Jones, is violating labor laws by punishing players who protest the national anthem.
From ESPN
Jones said earlier this week if a player “disrespects the flag” and national anthem by not standing, then the player will not play.
According to the filing to the National Labor Relations Board, “the employer, evidenced by repeated public statements, is attempting to threaten, coerce and intimidate all Dallas Cowboys players on the roster in order to prevent them from exercising concerted activity protected under the act by saying that he will fire any players involved in such concerted activity.”
Jones has said players will not play, not that they would be fired, if they do not stand for the anthem, but Wade Rathke, Local 100s chief organizer, said that is a “distinction without difference when it comes to the law.”
The Cowboys will not comment on the filing, according to a spokesman. The NFL has declined to comment.
“You can’t discipline somebody for something that is a right they have under the law, whether that discipline be termination or benching or giving a slap on the wrist or writing up in their files they’ve been a bad boy,” Rathke said. “That’s just not what they can do when it comes to concerted activities. I know in the modern age people think workers shouldn’t have rights, but they still do. This union was offended by those comments. Mr. Jones just got carried away being a rich guy and there’s no laws he has to respect.”
According to Rathke, the NLRB will assign a field agent to investigate the claim and if there is a determination that there is a violation of the act it will go to trial if no settlement is reached.
“I’m hoping this doesn’t go to hell and back on the labor board,” Rathke said. “I think Mr. Jones should just say, ‘I stepped out of line.’ Fine. … We’re not looking for blood.”
According to the NFL’s game manual, players are not required to stand for the anthem; however, it is written that they “should” stand at attention.
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