Ben Domenech, a right-of-center political commentator and publisher of The Federalist, thought he was having some clean fun when, in response to Vox Media taking steps to counter a union contract campaign, he tweeted a facetious statement telling his employees he would send them “back to the salt mine” if they tried to organize a union. There was and is no actual (publicly known) attempt to organize The Federalist employees. That didn’t stop outside progressive activists from filing National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) charges against Domenech.

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