A Berkeley, CA, man who was scheduled to speak at last weekend’s white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va., has become the second Bay Area resident to lose his job as a result of his connection to the violence-marred event, SFGate reports.
John Ramondetta, known as Johnny Monoxide on white supremacist and neo-Nazi social media sites, was a union electrician working in the Bay Area on a project for Rosendin Electric, a national outfit. On Wednesday, a company spokeswoman said he was “no longer employed” at the job site.
Ramondetta has achieved a level of prominence on the far right as Johnny Monoxide, hosting podcasts promoting white supremacy, including “This Week in White Genocide.” He was listed on “Unite the Right” event fliers as one of several scheduled speakers at the Charlottesville rally Saturday.
He was quoted as making anti-Semitic remarks and said in an interview with Red Ice Radio that Italians “have a natural racism toward Jewish people.”
Ramondetta had been working as an inside wireman on a local job site, said officials with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local Union No. 6.
John Doherty, business manager for Local 6, said the union doesn’t have the authority “to discipline or otherwise hold him accountable for expressing his views and opinions as an individual outside the the workplace,” Doherty said in a statement.
He added, “To be perfectly clear, IBEW Local Union No. 6 also condemns white nationalism and white supremacy.”