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  Inside the union campaign that roiled left-wing network The Young Turks
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Last EditedPA Indy  Apr 11, 2020 03:08pm
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News DateSaturday, April 11, 2020 09:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionProduction and post-production crews at the left-wing news network The Young Turks voted Thursday night to unionize with the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, capping a surprisingly brutal campaign marked by intense opposition from founder and CEO Cenk Uygur, a popular voice on the left.

The progressive company, which was a big booster of Sen. Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign, ended up voluntarily recognizing the union. But that came only after a drive that included two separate complaints to the National Labor Relations Board, the company’s rejection of card check in favor of a secret ballot (a typical business practice that Sanders and other progressives have fought against), allegations of a political conspiracy to sink Uygur’s recent congressional campaign, and at least two 1,500-word-plus screeds that Uygur emailed to staff arguing against employees forming a union, which were obtained by POLITICO. One NLRB complaint, over the termination of a pro-union employee, is still pending.
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