A “must-run” segment from Sinclair Broadcast Group’s chief political commentator Boris Epshteyn condemned the organized labor movement and attempted to make a case for why viewers should oppose unions.
In the October 1 segment, Epshteyn told viewers, “Imagine you’re the hardest worker on your team, the most efficient, and the most successful. But instead of being rewarded for your hard work, another employee reaps your benefits because he is part of a union.” Epshteyn also condemned members of the United Auto Workers Union for taking part in an ongoing strike at General Motors. He concluded, “Liberal-leaning big labor unions hurt competition in the workforce and negatively impact our economy as a whole.”
The segment aired on at least 48 Sinclair-controlled stations in 26 states and the District of Columbia during October 1 and October 2 local news broadcasts. Many Sinclair-owned or -operated stations have unionized employees, and in some cases the unions have helped speak out against Sinclair “must-run” programming and other top-down corporate management decisions.
Epshteyn’s segment typically airs on local stations along with a second segment from liberal commentator Ameshia Cross. Cross’ segment in this instance largely cheered recent actions by labor unions.