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April 23, 2020, 1:25 AMUpdated: April 23, 2020, 3:22 PM

The Federalist Publisher’s Tweet Was Unlawful: NLRB Judge (2)

Hassan A. Kanu
Hassan A. Kanu
Legal Reporter

The publisher of conservative online magazine The Federalist broke federal labor laws when he tweeted last year that he’d send employees “back to the salt mine” if they tried to unionize, a National Labor Relations Board administrative judge decided.

FDRLST Media chief Ben Domenech’s tweet was an “obvious threat"—not a joke or an expression of opinion shielded by the First Amendment—when viewed in light of workers’ legally protected rights, Judge Kenneth Chu said Wednesday. The timing of the tweet, which came on the same day of a walkout by union employees at Vox Media, supported the conclusion that Domenech was ...

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