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Elon Musk. Photo: Charley Gallay/Getty Images

The leaders at some of the most prominent media and tech firms keep getting in trouble for anti-union comments made on Twitter.

Why it matters: Business leaders' long-standing anti-labor bias is coming back to bite those who should know better than to publicly discourage employees from unionizing.

Driving the news: The National Labor Relations Board has filed a complaint against FDRLST Media LLC, owner of the conservative-leaning news site The Federalist, for a June 2019 tweet by one of its founders suggesting that if "one of you tries to unionize I swear I'll send you back to the salt mine."

Be smart: This has been an ongoing problem:

  • Tesla CEO Elon Musk last Friday was ruled guilty by a California judge of violating federal labor laws when he tried to hamper union organizing via a tweet, per Ars Technica. This is far from the first time Tesla has been in hot water with labor regulators over the years.
  • Barstool Sports founder David Portnoy was thrown into the news cycle in August following a series of anti-union tweets that the National Labor Relations Board is now investigating.

The big picture: All of the above executives operate in industries with long histories of unions. Just in the last 2 years, more than 30 media companies' employees have unionized, joining existing unions of newspaper and magazine staff.

Bottom line: These CEOs should know better.

Go deeper: Journalists keep getting in trouble for tweeting

Editor's note: This story has been updated to reflect that Dave Portnoy is the founder, not CEO of Barstool Sports.

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Rep. Lou Correa tests positive for COVID-19

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Rep. Lou Correa (D-Calif.) announced on Saturday that he has tested positive for the coronavirus.

Why it matters: Correa is the latest Democratic lawmaker to share his positive test results after last week's deadly Capitol riot. Correa did not shelter in the designated safe zone with his congressional colleagues during the siege, per a spokesperson, instead staying outside to help Capitol Police.

Far-right figure "Baked Alaska" arrested for involvement in Capitol siege

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The FBI arrested far-right media figure Tim Gionet, known as "Baked Alaska," on Saturday for his involvement in last week's Capitol riot, according to a statement of facts filed in the U.S. District Court in the District of Columbia.

The state of play: Gionet was arrested in Houston on charges related to disorderly or disruptive conduct on the Capitol grounds or in any of the Capitol buildings with the intent to impede, disrupt, or disturb the orderly conduct of a session, per AP.