Andrew Yang says he had talk with Labor Department, wants WWE talent to contact attorney

Sep 16, 2021 - by Marc Middleton

Former Presidential candidate and former New York City mayoral candidate Andrew Yang is calling on current and former WWE talents to contact a union attorney so that they can “get what Vince McMahon owes you.”

While running for the Democratic nomination in 2016 Yang made several comments about a potential union in pro wrestling, promising to be there for fans and wrestlers if he were elected, and then again if he were given a Labor Department position in President Biden’s administration. He has made a few related comments since then, but nothing concrete.

In an update, Yang took to Twitter today and said he had a talk with officials from the Department of Labor, and indicated that things may be moving forward.

“Had a call with the Department of Labor. If you are a current or former @WWE performer who feels you were misclassified as an independent contractor contact @lkmiddleb and let’s get you what Vince owes you. Been a long time coming but this storyline is real,” Yang wrote.

One fan responded with, “If fall into this group, please note that about 2 years ago Andrew said the same thing. He said if Biden won, he would become Labor Secretary and fix this. Then after he didn’t become Labor Secretary, he decided to run for the Mayor of NYC and then pulled out of that race.”

Yang wrote back, “2 years ago the Department of Labor was managed by someone who was very close to Vince. Times change.”

The lawyer Yang asked wrestlers to contact is Lucas Middlebrook. His Twitter bio describes him as a “Union side labor attorney representing airline and professional sports related labor groups including professional fighters.”

A potential union in pro wrestling has been talked about for decades, but nothing has ever came of the talk and there’s been a feeling that nothing will ever happen as long as WWE is ran the way it is.

Stay tuned for updates. You can see Yang’s tweets below:

7 Responses

  1. Craftsperson says:

    Yang up to his union garbage again.

    Some of us see how unions in other artforms have caused nothing but issues because most of us don’t agree on what we are “owed”. And why should one section get to dictate how the rest of us work?

    But of course to a politicians like Yang, that’s just how you are supposed to be a shill for needless authority. Half the country didn’t even vote yet they still think they are entitled to tell that half how to live. So why shouldn’t he get to tell wrestlers, who don’t like him and don’t want his help, what the proper way for them to work is? Same prick attitude, different time.

  2. Mackdeezy says:

    I mean, yes, WWE does some shady stuff. But this guy is reminding me of that lawyer that keeps trying to sue WWE ober CTE. This guy is starting to come off as pathetic.

  3. Pisto75666 says:

    Yang’s been pathetic for some time. But then what do you expect from a guy whose main appeal was giving away free money?

  4. DB says:

    Andrew Yang is just another political grifter.

  5. Really? says:

    And even with a platform centered mostly on “giving away free money” he struggled to break that elusive 1 percent barrier in the presidential primaries. At least in the mayoral primary he scraped his way into double digits, but I’m not sure what influence he thinks he has in this.

  6. Rob Dam Van! Shirt Typo! says:

    Not a big union guy myself, but something does need to be done about their blatant abuse of the independent contractor classification.

  7. Disgruntled Jobber says:

    Love the “Unions ruin everything” nonsense. You folks got paid leave, vacation time, sick leave, the Emergency Family medical care and leave act, the right to bargain for wage increases, the 40 hour work week, accommodations for the disabled and much more because unions spoke up.
    But let’s blame unions for everything.

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