Last week, writers at the news sites DNAinfo and GothamistÂ joined a union. This week, the sitesâ€™ Trump-supporting billionaire owner, Joe Ricketts,Â shut them down, putting 115 people out of work.
Ricketts, whoÂ deleted negative coverage of himself when he acquired the Gothamist properties in March, has threatened to shut down the site in the past if the writers attempted to unionize.
On Thursday, he made good on the promise. […]
According to the National Labor Relations Board, laying off employees because they are engaged in union activity is illegal, butÂ the Supreme Court ruled in 1965Â that shutting down an entire business â€” like Ricketts chose to do Thursday â€” is one permissible form of retaliation.
Rickettsâ€™ letter announcing the decision said that â€śDNAinfo is, at the end of the day, a business, and businesses need to be economically successful if they are to endure,â€ť but theÂ New York TimesÂ reportsÂ that Ricketts â€ślost money every month of DNAinfoâ€™s existence.â€ť It was only after workers dared to organize that he shut it down.
This blog was originally published at DailyKos on November 3, 2017. Reprinted with permission.
About the Author: Laura Clawson is labor editor at DailyKos.