Cenk Uygur is the co-founder of The Young Turks (TYT), a progressive media company that disseminates its programs on YouTube. Earlier this month, a group of TYT employees announced plans to form a union. Given the company’s progressive sensibilities you might imagine that this plan was greeted warmly by Cenk Uygur. But it turns out his reaction was just the opposite. He pleaded with employees not to unionize suggesting the company would not have grown as quickly if it had been unionized:
In the staff meeting, the network’s co-founder and influential host, Cenk Uygur, urged employees not to do so, arguing that a union does not belong at a small, independent outlet like TYT, according to two workers who were present. He said if there had been a union at the network it would not have grown the way it has.
His talk ― at times emotional, the staffers said, with Uygur throwing his papers to the ground at one point, and chastising an employee ― seemed to contradict the progressive, worker-first ethos that TYT broadcasts to its millions of lefty followers.
In an interview with HuffPost, Uygur doubled down saying his company could go under if it were unionized: