WWE Superstars are getting close to unionizing once again. This is something that they have flirted with for decades, but with the help of Andrew Yang and others it might happen.
Eric Bischoff knows that unionization sounds like a “silver bullet” to cure the situation, but he advised on 83 Weeks that unionizing WWE Superstars could create a lot of evils as well.
“There is no statute of limitations on back taxes. Can you imagine the fines and the penalties that could possibly exist if the independent contractor status of WWE is challenged? And WWE has to go back the last 20 or 30 years based on the amount of talent fees that they paid out and have to go back and pay social security and all kinds of other taxes and fines associated with it? And then comes the civil litigation. ‘Yeah, unionization sounds so great, and it’s like this silver bullet that cures all evils’ – but it’s really not, it can create a lot of evils and it can ultimately come back and put talent at a much greater disadvantage.”
WWE might challenge unionizing and considering their independent contractors as employees as much as they can. That might not stop a judge’s decision. It could also cause the company to pay a lot of money from previous years if they went that direction.
The story is still far from over in this situation. We’ll have to see what happens in the future as Zelina Vega continues to have powerful conversations with labor unions to this day.