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Winery Dinged for Banning ‘Cellar Lives Matter’ Vest

Aug. 13, 2018, 3:28 PM

A senior cellar operator in a recently unionized California winery was protected by federal law when he wore a DIY vest emblazoned with the phrase “Cellar Lives Matter,” a labor board judge ruled.

Manuel Chavez wore the vest at Woodbridge Winery’s Ocampo, Calif., facility from July 20 through Aug. 4, 2016, weeks after gunfire at a Dallas Black Lives Matter protest killed five police officers. Chavez’s supervisors ordered him to stop wearing the vest because of its insensitivity, the “current political situation,” and “bad publicity,” according to the judge’s opinion.

But because Chavez chose his “Cellar Lives Matter” slogan to...

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