By Sahid Fawaz
Things are heating up in the Lone Star State.
“A labor union has filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board over Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones’ threat to bench players who take part in protests during the national anthem.
Local 100 of the United Labor Unions, which represents workers in Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas, has requested the NLRB to ‘investigate preemptively in order to prevent illegal firings of players.’
‘Sorry, Jerry, you’re over the line, partner,’ the union said on its Facebook page. ‘Workers have rights.’
Wade Rathke, chief organizer of Local 100, told the Forth Worth Star-Telegram in a statement that the players have a right to protest, and Jones has no authority to punish players over their actions during the anthem.
‘Jones, through his efforts to bully his playing workforce, is attempting to unilaterally establish a previously nonexistent condition of work,’ Rathke said.
NFL owners will meet next week in New York, and player protests — meant to call attention to racial inequality and police brutality — will be discussed, with possible changes to the league policy in the offing. Currently, the NFL’s operations manual says players ‘should’ stand at attention during the anthem.”
For the rest of the story, check out the entire piece at USA Today here.