U.S. freshman representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez decided to go on the Twitter offensive once again by this time picking a fight with Barstool Sports founder Dave Portnoy.
AOC decided to chime in during an online feud between Portnoy and some guy named Rafi Letzer, who’s in the business of trying to unionize digital writers and social media employees for their online companies.
If you’re a boss tweeting firing threats to employees trying to unionize, you are likely breaking the law &can be sued,in your words, “on the spot.”— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) August 13, 2019
ALL workers in the US have the protected freedom to organize for better conditions.
See @NLRB &union orgs like @AFLCIO for tips. https://t.co/bU7WlHrp1d
Portnoy has made it abundantly clear what he thinks about the formation of unions after a majority of Gawker Media employees voted to unionize in 2015.
Letzer seemingly approached the Barstool staff via Twitter by saying “If you work for Barstool and want to have a private chat about the unionization process, how little power your boss has to stop you, and how you can leverage that power to make your life better: my DMs are open.”
That prompted Portnoy’s response that he would fire any Barstool employee on the spot, and that’s when AOC decided to jump into the fray, and Portnoy fired right back which caught the attention of Donald Trump, Jr.
Of course, AOC is quick to pounce on anyone she disagrees with through online media channels, and then turn around and hide behind her Twitter account when it comes to an actual debate.
Have you ever seen her answer the critical questions as it pertains to her “Green New Deal” – which her former chief-of-staff Saikat Chakrabarti explained it had nothing really to do with saving the planet? It was more of a way to bring the economy under government control.
Ocasio-Cortez, who ran Amazon out of New York, absolutely despises the corporate America mentality and eventually countered with this:
Bosses don’t wield all the power. Workers have plenty - yet many don’t know it!— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) August 13, 2019
Study up &search the history of labor rights in America.
School doesn’t teach the history of the US labor mvmt,but we have weekends bc of it. & We risk losing rights if we forget how we earned them. https://t.co/Hla7r4grwi
Portnoy continued to challenge AOC to an actual debate of the facts before tweeting out this GIF a few hours later.
While Portnoy’s assertion that he could fire an employee could be in violation of the NLRA (National Labor Relations Act), he could go to great lengths to discourage the formation of a Barstool union.