After Absurd Employee Demands, Burger Chain Re-Bans 'Abolish ICE' Pins

Burgerville now has a written policy against employees wearing political pins.

Portland, OR - A burger chain appears to have reversed course and banned employees from wearing political pins after employees had declared victory over the issue of wearing "Abolish ICE" and "Black Lives Matter" pins at work.

A group of Burgerville employees had been sent home for wearing pins which said Black Lives Matter, No one is illegal, and Abolish ICE. They alleged that the company's actions were a form of white supremacy.

Burgerville then agreed to give back pay to the 10 employees who were sent home.

The Burgerville Workers Union declared victory in a Facebook post, and the company's response emboldened them to make even more demands.

WE DEMAND a formal apology to the crew at Montavilla for forcing them to decide between their jobs and supporting the fight against white supremacy and WE DEMAND that the button policy support of freedom of expression and explicitly be against white supremacy, the post read.

The union also called on the company to denounce prisons and detention centers as being a form of white supremacy, and declared that such facilities must be abolished for our communities to be free.

The group is currently pushing for a bargaining contract with the corporation, and have demanded protections for immigrant workers, as well as a $5 per hour wage increase, medical benefits, and paid holidays, The Oregonian reported.

After we covered the incident, the company responded to the union by saying that they only backed down on enforcing the button policy because it wasn't in writing yet. Burgerville has now implemented a written policy against political buttons, according to Fox News.

The union is now blaming a "horde of right-wing bigots" for pressuring the company to enforce the policy, according to The Oregonian.

"Within twenty-four hours of the swell of right wing outrage, Burgerville corporate gave in to the demands of internet racists by reimposing the button ban of personal and political buttons," the union posted on Facebook. "Burgerville wants to be seen as a sustainable and progressive company, but instantly sides with racist customers and commenters over their own workers. When given the choice between racism and justice, Burgerville has chosen racism."

The company claims that the backlash isn't what caused the reversal, but that they just hadn't fully implemented the policy before they enforced it.

"Our fight over buttons is about something much bigger--its about standing up for and as undocumented workers and workers of color, its about standing against police brutality and violent deportations, and its about standing against Burgervilles voluntary cooperation with ICE and discriminatory practices in hiring, firing, and scheduling. The BVWU has made ourselves clear: white supremacy threatens us in and outside of work, and to say our buttons are too political for the workplace is to say our lives are too political for the workplace," the union said.

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Krazy e
Krazy e

I'm going to inform the Blue Wave about this injustice. That's not right to curtail their right to freedom of speech. The restaurant will hear it from us thru a civil lawsuit

Gipsygirl
Gipsygirl

They're just using their "our lives are too political to work" BS to sit home with their buttons and collect welfare.

LordSeamus
LordSeamus

Good for the company.....and that crazy is a troll that just joined this month lol

angeleyes
angeleyes

lmao. they are either white, ignorant kids who think they know everything and can't get a real job making money or an illegal who wants to keep their job and this idiotic company is letting them dictate how to run their company. How stupid is this? Does it get much more stupid... oh yes, i bet it can.

angeleyes
angeleyes

they don't collect anything, they live in mommy's basement or hide in relative's basement so don't need to pay anything. they are young, no nothing, snot nosed kids who think they know everything about the way the world works and how to change it.

satmantoo
satmantoo

I never realized that Blue Lives Matter was so anti establishment. So left of center until I read this article. Since this is a free Nation no matter what agenda the left pushes Ill now unsubscribe to Blue Lives Matter! I no longer wish to read your spammy left wing rants!!

HonestC
HonestC

I was one of those "right wing" people who wrote to Burgerville and let them know once they bent over for their employees and their union as fast as they did over their own policy, the empoyees and union wouldn't stop there. The way the union responded with their original "victory" over the management ensured a future of the employees running the business instead of management. Good to see management finally got their stuff together and was smart enough to rescind the hot button topic.

LEO0301
LEO0301

I hate to break the news to the burger flippers of this franchise but your job is not social justice reform. Please don't think you're more important than you really are. Make the burgers and keep your opinions to yourself.

61mouse
61mouse

Union how the fuck does a union get into a flipping joint. Another reason to ABOLISH UNIONS

Mimi54
Mimi54

It's a burger joint, fire all of them white kids and get people who want to work stress free.

Ladyfluterby
Ladyfluterby

News to all the old or young social justice warriors out there, when I come into your place of business I am there to do just that conduct business. Whether doing my banking, grocery shopping or buying a hamburger I don't want nor care for your political opinion. If I did I'd ask you. What I want is for you to just do your job.

Richard Kurtz
Richard Kurtz

These people need to learn there is NO freedom of speech at work. The first amendment only covers people from the government. at work, you play by the employers rules, or work somewhere else.

EMarie
EMarie

Unreal! If I came in with a MAGA 'anything ' they'd sh1t bricks! Boycott these libs!

cabman86
cabman86

Wearing this and claiming white supremacy is racist in itself. Maybe they should learn that the first black slave owner was a black man himself. Maybe if they would see that more blacks kill themselves than others do. And what they are doing on the border is enforcing the law, not discriminating against anyone. These youngsters need to go back and relearn history.

cabman86
cabman86

They need to learn that freedom of speech and freedom to protest doesn't cover rioting, blocking highways and such

scubapro48
scubapro48

I guess these ignorant kids have no idea what safety is for legal law-abiding citizens since they seem to be brain dead. And the same goes for the stupid Union

CathyAnne
CathyAnne

They should be happy they have jobs, for crying in the stinking mud. I think they need to learn the difference between protesting on the job and freedom of speech.

CathyAnne
CathyAnne

Honestly, I blame Colin (get's on his knee's) Kaepernick for this crap, as well as the NFL who allowed it to continue. Protesting should NEVER be allowed on the job UNLESS YOUR JOB IS TO BE A PAID PROTESTER.

Katarina
Katarina

@JBo Maybe these little bullies should just quit and show that joint how foolish they are to not be pushed around by them. When they apply for new jobs, simply put their demands on their job application to show who is the boss right off the bat. That will show them!

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

".....and to say our buttons are too political for the workplace is to say our lives are too political for the workplace,"

In reading their comments you can picture their overly simplistic idealistic mindset. Maybe this is why they are working as a Sr.Master Fry Master burger technician.

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TopDocBo
TopDocBo

I 'm glad I spent half my life in uniform and then the second half service to my community because if I had to work with the likes of any of these actors i would volunteer for the Mars mission. White supremacy? Is that the new far left moniker? When I hear and see whites yelling about white supremacy and those in education tearing up and "correcting" history, I want to support a GoFundMe to raise enough money to but these lib-tards a country.

Forbidden
Forbidden

WE DEMAND more demands!!