By Frederick H. Lowe
Local 100 of the United Labor Union that represents workers in Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas has filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board against Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones because he threatened to bench any players who took a knee during the national anthem to protest police murders of unarmed black men.
Local 100 filed the complaint Tuesday in the Fort Worth, Texas, office of the National Labor Relations Board, reported the Fort Worth Star Telegram.
Wade Rathke, Local 100’s chief organizer, charged Jones with violating the act, which prohibits employers from intimidating or threatening workers for their “concerted activity.” Rathke said the NFL does not have a condition of work requiring players to stand during the national anthem.
Jones announced how he would treat players after talking with President Trump who said during an earlier speech in Alabama that players who kneel during the national anthem should be fired.
Colin Kaepernick, former quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, began kneeling on one knee to draw attention to the deadly shootings by police of unarmed black men. Nearly 75 percent of NFL players are African American.
President Trump, however, has deliberately attempted to create a different narrative, one that he spins for his own political purposes. He has falsely charged that kneeling football players are disrespecting the flag and members of the U.S. military.