Burger Chain Approves Employees Wearing 'Abolish ICE,' 'Black Lives Matter' Pins

When their employees refused to comply with their policies, Burgerville gave them approval to do what they wanted.

Portland, OR Burgerville has reversed their policy banning political pins, because their employees refused to follow it.

A group of Burgerville employees who violated the policy by wearing buttons at work that read, Black Lives Matter, No one is illegal, and Abolish ICE alleged that the policy was a form of white supremacy.

Employees who were previously sent home due to the policy are now receiving back pay.

A total of 10 employees at the Burgerville restaurant at 82nd Avenue and Northeast Glisan Street were sent home from work on Aug. 22, after they refused to remove their buttons while they were working, the Burgerville Workers Union said in a Facebook post.

The employees made the decision to wear their anti-ICE paraphernalia in the wake of the companys announcement the day prior, which prohibited workers from wearing political buttons in the workplace.

Corporate explicitly singled out Black Lives Matter and No One Is Illegal buttons as too controversial to be worn at work, the union said. Burgervilles new policy is, simply put, white supremacist. When bosses tell workers they are not allowed to support Black Lives Matter or to stand with undocumented immigrants, they are siding with white supremacy.

The workers union said that the company employs black and undocumented workers, and alleged that the policy essentially told such workers that their lives and safety are too political for the company.

A total of ten workers were either sent home or not allowed to work yesterday because of their refusal to comply with this white supremacist policy, the union added.

Later the same day, the union proudly announced that the company had officially revoked the new button policy and that the workers who refused to comply would receive back pay for their day of missed work.

Workers are also finally allowed to include their gender pronouns on their name tags! the union added.

The group hailed their coworkers defiance as being the only reason they changed this policy, and said the outcome was a huge victory.

Then, the union demanded more.

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.

The company has expressed concern that displaying political items in the workplace could lead to customers to believe that employees views or opinions are also held by the larger corporation.

"Guests provided feedback that they didn't want to see personal and political messages while they ate," Burgerville Director of Human Resources Liz Graham told The Oregonian. "Additionally, some employees expressed that the content of the buttons was drawing unwanted attention that made them uncomfortable."

The company said it ultimately decided to suspend the button policy until it can be further developed.

"We're still here. We're still standing," employee Drew Edmonds told The Oregonian. "We're still wearing our buttons."

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ProGODProUSA
ProGODProUSA

Oh, brother ... that's one place I wouldn't be patronizing, if I lived there, which I don't! Portland is such a crazy, backwards, upside-down , mixed-up city. I'm glad I'm far, far away from that demented place!

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

Waiting on videos of people giving this business money, then burning the food to prove their point. Dummies.

Necroignisamoron
Necroignisamoron

@HI_estshutthefuckup, waiting for you to stop being a piece of shit

Mimi54
Mimi54

Do they need jobs or want to wear pins? Geez Louise, yeah wouldn't frequent there.

angeleyes
angeleyes

of course that's going to give the company a black eye in the community and people will believe that. If employees don't follow policy, fire them, there are plenty of people that need a job and will follow company policies. Wear what you want off the clock. If you give 'em an inch they'll take a mile. If I lived there, i would not patronize the place, and no one else should either. If it's a chain, complain to the board of directors.

Jerr1959
Jerr1959

Calling for a total boycott of them

Niko_kritikos
Niko_kritikos

I hate everything about this story, why the hell are they hiring undocumented workers? That's illegal!

Trumpster
Trumpster

This place could not be trusted with food, I would bet they are spitting or worse to food going to people. People should read between the lines, company, union and workers could care less about THE CUSTOMER.

DavidPeoria
DavidPeoria

It is against the law to employ persons in the country illegally. Are they using stolen ID and fraudulent Social Security Numbers. Is the employer paying payroll taxes on the illegal employees?

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

"Guests provided feedback that they didn't want to see personal and political messages while they ate," Burgerville Director of HR, Liz Graham told The Oregonian.

Yep, but it looks like you ignored your own common sense anyway Liz. Most don't want to see personal and political propaganda..... while eating at Burgerville or while watching football or anywhere. Wait .."Burgerville"?! (..isn't this the same burger chain where LowEST IQ Condom works as a "Master Level Sr. Advanced Master Fry Master" ?) It is.... isn't it.

Well ...anyway,..Liz Graham is now going to face a backlash from a larger group who call themselves ..."The Public " .....vs. those employees like Drew "we're still here" Edmonds...Workers are potentially then cut due to boycotts ,bad press ,poor business and falling stock prices. They may face unemployment but hey, "we're still wearing our buttons "!! and "we're still standing "..yes ,but now they are standing in the unemployment line. Its bad enough such low IQ people work there but you would think Liz herself would have more common sense than to succumb to pressure from morons. Hopefully "the button policy" will be quickly developed and she can stop catering to those who failed their own IQ test.

LEO0301
LEO0301

Another case of the tail wagging the dog. If you're an employee and dislike the rules, find another job. If you're the owner of the business, grow a pair and be the boss. You dictate what the employees will do, not the other way around. This truly is the dumbest thing I've ever read on this site, except for most of HCD's remarks, of course.

Just-My-Thoughts
Just-My-Thoughts

I would just close down and say bye bye for a while. Then do the extensive background checks, FB, twitter, instagram checks, etc and hire decent people who sign an ironclad agreement about work ethics. Illegals calling the shots??? No way.

se down and lay people off. When the overhall is over do extensive background,

Rving
Rving

Chickens! Hope you go broke...Chic fa la (sp? ) is the only one who hasnt caved. They are doing great! The other losers are going or have gone broke!...

NTPD935Ret
NTPD935Ret

And yet again mob rules and the hell with law and order! The United States looks sadder every day. It breaks my heart.

Dodged5
Dodged5

There are more jobs than there are people to fill them right now but there is no shortage of burger flippers. Fire their butts for failing to comply with company policy on the job and hire new workers that will appreciate the job. No company or business should ever get involved in politics. It's a lose, lose situation. No matter which side you choose, you lose the business of the other side. I like Burgerville but they will never see me in their places again. See? One lost customer for lack of guts to enforce rules and there will be more.

rokk
rokk

Well won't be stopping in there anymore.

DocRyder
DocRyder

I would walk out of any business whose employees were sporting that sort of nonsense.

Princie883
Princie883

Since when are fast food employees part of a Union? If I wore a political button at work.....I would be FIRED.

Bud
Bud

Now a bunch of burger kids are going to set policy and the company is letting them. What a joke!

angeleyes
angeleyes

who wants to go in there wearing a confederate flag with US flag sleeves shirt, trump rules hat with a pin that says blue lives matter, a belt that says illegals must go... anybody? so tempting

charlesjandecka
charlesjandecka

Smiling now, they will be blubbering with fear when savage perps storm their work place and there isn't a "law enforcement" person for miles around who will rush to their aid. Why, you might ask ... the victims can not be trusted.

This is also exactly why police no longer rush (without backup) into homes to squelch "domestic violence" calls.

LaneysSis
LaneysSis

Firstly, it's Oregon, what do you expect and second, go to Yelp and read the reviews. Seems these places are just not good.

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

HiEST Comm Denom ". ...Also, she finds it weird that you can't help but mention me in every comment."

No, I have actually been writing to "LowEST IQ Condom"... but apparently you agree that LowEST IQ and you have a lot in common. Are you sure you two are not related ? Maybe same Mommy but different Daddy?

PoohBear1
PoohBear1

Well this story explains a lot... while the rest of the country had their flags at half staff for Sen John McCain, Bugerville didn't.Or at least the one I passed several times in SW Washington. Disgracful!

Stanracer
Stanracer

Political correctness at uts worst. They should have all been fired. Oh wait, they have a union!👎👎

Old Hawg
Old Hawg

A perfect example of "the inmates running the asylum".

Hi_estComnDenomnn
Hi_estComnDenomnn

What? No comment from the BurgersAllDay Commandant?

Reycab28
Reycab28

This is the city more dangerous and liberal in USA,nothing is new for this stupid liberal socialist

Mom2Boys
Mom2Boys

Yet another reason for me and mine to avoid Oregon. Obviously the entire state has been overtaken by potheads and liberals. A number of our California neighbors have retired to Oregon. No thanks! Our family is taking our retirement dollars to Kentucky. 😉

Icare2
Icare2

No loss here. Food is gross, place always dirty and employees are rude. Lots of other choices out there for a burger. I prefer mine without political BS.

61mouse
61mouse

They look scumy ...and the ones with gloves on I bet didn't take them off after groupping each other

61mouse
61mouse

Must be part of the NATIONAL FELON LEAGUE seeing the inmates are running the Asylum

ACSO-Charles-One
ACSO-Charles-One

White Supremacy for enforcing a dress code. Last time I checked the employer will tell you what to wear while working and being paid by the employer. Your free speech crap ended when you went to work. Maybe he can hire some illegal undocumented folks and fire these morons.

Mrs10
Mrs10

"WE DEMAND that the button policy support of freedom of expression and explicitly be against white supremacy, the post read."

So what they (and most misguided libs of their ilk) are saying is that they demand freedom of expression for THEIR causes while also demanding other boxes be silenced or condemned. Yup, hypocrisy at its finest!

FSchloss
FSchloss

Someone please tell me how to boycott a dump that no one ever heard of?

bluedog_2g2
bluedog_2g2

The oxymoron, that is political correctness, raises it's ugly head again. Instead of caving to these liberal whiners, the company should have just said no political paraphernalia, of any kind, is to be worn, during work hours. That way these asshats would have no legitimate bitch.

klondike88
klondike88

I'm sure they hire illegals too.

butterfly
butterfly

It is OR. They have been a communist state since the 60s. NOT a true American in that Burger joint. I am sure glade I do not live in OR!

JimMac
JimMac

JimMac- IT'S NOT WHITE SUPREMCY , it's law and order . It's illegal to break into a country.

spunbrass
spunbrass

Who the hell would eat at a slop and puke named Burgerville? Fucking put a fence around Oregon and begin the euthanasia.

BurgessKrell
BurgessKrell

Does a person go to a fast food restaurant to have political opinions thrown at them? Last time I went to such an establishment, it was to grab a bite to eat because I was hungry and in a rush. From now on, on the rare occasion I purchase fast food, if the employees are wearing political buttons, after obtaining my food I will tell them I voted for the man who is making America great again.

Sergeant PJB
Sergeant PJB

Uniform policies are written for a purpose. Imagine wearing those badges in another uniform...let's say a police uniform...

And I will bet that a Blue Lives Matter or Thin Blue Line button would be banned.

CIDGPDCSP
CIDGPDCSP

At last a warm and welcoming burger joint for the liberals in that city. I belong to a pretty large group of people who feel that policy is absolutely wrong and would have no problem with walking in, taking a look at the pin and walking right back out. No muss, no fuss, no problem.

RPG156
RPG156

I would rather know who was cooking and serving my food and what they believed in than have them secretly poison my food, because somone that is moronic enough to believe in abolishing the agency charged with protecting our national immigration policy is also capable of believing that introducing a contaminate into a LEO's or even just a conservative's food is some kind of social justice victory worthy of posting and bragging about. Coward Warriors at best. And if they would wear Nike shirts, that would be even better. That way they could bankrupt that company, effectively burning their own paychecks. Brilliant!

RetiredCaLe
RetiredCaLe

Once again the business owner cannot run his/her business. The loons are running the asylum.

1sam80
1sam80

If the picture of the crew is correct then those pimples leaking on the food are the real problem not their childish political stance

HH3
HH3

I'm done ever eating at Burgerville. I live in the area and will not go there again!!!

Owners and employees of Burgerville, who will you be calling when you get robbed?

Grandle
Grandle

Stop eating at Burger Kings....

Richard Kurtz
Richard Kurtz

I think people should do a "fire in the hole" many times a day, every day in their drive through windows.

AMCO
AMCO

I notice five of them are white. Fire them and hire people of color. They are too white privileged to be working anywhere. And Portland is mostly white so all white people should stop eating at burgerville. That should just about do it.