Kroger employees are now free to use their positions to advance their personal politics on the job, after a ruling by Region 19 of the National Labor Relations Board.
According to a local Seattle-area newspaper, the companies QFC and Fred Meyer, both owned by Kroger, were found to have violated federal labor law when store officials disallowed union-sponsored Black Lives Matter buttons on uniforms, according to a Sept. 17 press release from Seattle-based UFCW 21.
The board found that Kroger broke the law by failing to bargain over the ban and “prohibiting workers from taking action together – in this case, by wearing Black Lives Matter messages – to protest racism in the workplace and in society, generally,” the press release stated.
The political left and Democrats have increasingly used alleged “systemic racism” to try and extort various concessions from people whose behavior and assets they wish to control.
Seattle-based Region 19 will now try to settle with Kroger, most likely meaning a change in company policy, the union stated. If a settlement cannot be reached, a trial could be held before an Administrative Law judge.
“This is very uplifting,” said Sam Dancy a supervisor at a QFC store in Seattle. “When workers were trying to speak out through these buttons and collectively say Black Lives Matter and Kroger said to take the buttons off, that was an insult. This decision is welcome news in our work to bring attention to social and racial injustice in the workplace and in our neighborhoods.”
Whole Foods prevailed in a similar case in Massachusetts in February of 2021, claiming discrimination when the company banned BLM buttons at work. A district court in Massachusetts dismissed the claims of the button-wearing workers on the basis that the plaintiffs were of a variety of racial backgrounds and therefore were not being discriminated against.