Sep 11, 2012, 2:30 PM EDT
I realize that Nats Park is private property and that the Nats can kick anyone out of it they want to. But this still feels wrong:
On Saturday, 17 union organizers with IAM District 4 attended the game, wearing t-shirts that encouraged Nationals Park’s 341 guest service workers to vote “Yes” in an upcoming union election. They claim security kicked them out for wearing the shirts. Two days later on Labor Day itself, another 4 union organizers wearing similar t-shirts were also kicked out.
We’ll take your money for our stadium — and we’ll push hard to make you have to pay for the Metro to run late to benefit us — but don’t you dare come in here and advocate for anything we don’t like!
Like I said: I know it’s legal. But I do think we have a fundamentally screwed up idea of what is public and what is private these days. And it seems to me that if you want a private club, you should at least pay to build it.
And from last year — equally applicable this year — our reminder that Major League Baseball doesn’t much care for labor to begin with.
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