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Barstool Sports founder Dave Portnoy’s anti-union rant has gone viral, making the rounds across social media platforms, as well as in headlines.

The tirade began after Portnoy, a vocal opponent of unions, threatened to fire any employee who spoke to Live Science reporter Rafi Letzter about unionization options:

Along with amassing thousands of retweets and comments, Portnoy’s threat caught the attention of the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.):

Hi, paging the @NLRB. The National Labor Rights Act of 1935 (section 8a2) prohibits bosses from engaging in unfair labor practices, which include "to dominate or interfere with the formation or administration of any labor organization." #1u

— AFL-CIO ✊ (@AFLCIO) August 13, 2019

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