By Mark A. Konkel
April 26, 2017
Maybe we’ve all thought it at some point in our careers. But according to the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, you might actually be able to get away with saying it—that is, calling your boss a nasty mother****r—if you’re saying it because you care about your coworkers, and if you all swear a lot at work anyway.
So has demonstrated Hernan Perez, a former server at New York catering company Pier Sixty, and now a foul-mouthed trailblazer for questionable employee rights. His plight, and verbatim reprints of his lurid, social media-based profanities, can be found in a decision just published by the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in National Labor Relations Board v. Pier Sixty, LLC, Nos. 15‐1841‐ag (L), 15‐1962‐ag (XAP) (April 21, 2017).
In 2011, workers at Pier Sixty petitioned the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) for an election to vote for union representation. One day at work, in the run-up to the election, a manager (we’ll identify him here only as “Bob”) told Perez and others “in a harsh tone” to spread out on the catering floor better to serve customers. Perez didn’t like this. We know for sure that Perez didn’t like this, because one day later he posted on his Facebook page:
Bob is such a NASTY MOTHER FUCKER don’t know how to talk to people!!!!!! Fuck his mother and his entire fucking family!!!! What a LOSER!!!! Vote YES for the UNION!!!!!!!
BY Richard Berman
April 19, 2017
Tom Perez, the new chairman of the Democratic National Committee (DNC), just made his pitch to union voters. He wasted his breath.
“I understand that in this election many people who voted in the past for Barack Obama or other Democrats decided to vote differently—and I respect those choices,” Perez recently told an audience at the United Steelworkers’ (USW) annual convention. He went on to tell the gathered union members that Democrats “have to earn your trust.”
But it didn’t take long for the DNC head to attack newly confirmed Judge Neil Gorsuch, claiming that the new justice is “poised to make it even harder to organize.”
That’s right: Tom Perez’s message to union members who voted for President Trump is that the Supreme Court will make union organizing more difficult. Why would union members—many of whom didn’t even vote for their union—care when they’ve already been organized? Less than 10 percent of union members ever voted for the union currently “representing” them.