Jerry Jones, the charismatic oil billionaire and owner of the Dallas Cowboys, performed something of a volte-face on Monday night, telling ESPN that his players "need consequences" should they feel the desire to kneel during the national anthem.
Local 100 United Labor Unions, which unites union representatives from Texas, Arkansas and Louisiana, filed the complaint with the Fort Worth office of the National Labor Relations Board on Tuesday, after Jones promised to bench protesting athletes. "The point is he is threatening anybody and everybody. We are trying to send Mr. Jones a message that there is a law here", he told the Star-Telegram.
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In addition, most agree that kneeling during the anthem doesn't meet Section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act, which addresses organized activities related to terms and conditions about employment, wages and working conditions.
The Cowboys never issued a formal statement about the protests during Week 3, the first group of National Football League games to be played after President Donald Trump's outburst about the National Football League and its players. I don't want to cause no attention to nobody else and bring unwanted attention, but on the same token, you know, there's certain things that people are doing it for. Employment law allows private sector employers great latitude in restricting employee conduct and speech while at work. You can't bully workers on the job. Now when repeating all these quotes just keep in mind to credit me and not the people who actually said them because that's the way Christopher Columbus would have wanted it.
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"There's been cases that have been pretty broad in terms of the concerted activity, terms and conditions of employment could be pretty broad", Green said.
"If the government pays for the patriotic display and the firing is a result of the behavior being deemed insufficiently patriotic, it is conceivable that that a claim could then be articulated", said Floyd Abrams, a First Amendment attorney in NY. "Right now, it's all anticipatory, no action has been taken".More news: Irving Oil Says Decision to Cancel Energy East Is a Lost Opportunity