Tesla Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk’s 2018 tweet threatening workers would lose their inventory choices in the event that they shaped a union was unlawful and ought to be deleted, the US National Labor Relations Board stated on Thursday.
The NLRB backed a ruling from a US labour choose in 2019 that the electric-car maker had dedicated a collection of violations of the National Labor Relations Act in 2017 and 2018.
“Nothing stopping Tesla team at our car plant from voting union. Could do so tmrw if they wanted. But why pay union dues & give up stock options for nothing? Our safety record is 2X better than when plant was UAW & everybody already gets healthcare”, Musk wrote within the May 2018 tweet.
Nothing stopping Tesla group at our automotive plant from voting union. Could accomplish that tmrw in the event that they needed. But why pay union dues & quit inventory choices for nothing? Our security file is 2X higher than when plant was UAW & everyone already will get healthcare.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 21, 2018
The board ordered Tesla to direct Musk to delete the tweet and to publish a discover addressing the illegal tweet in any respect of its amenities nationwide and embody language that claims “WE WILL take appropriate steps to ensure Musk complies with our directive.”
The United Auto Workers (UAW)in 2018 filed a grievance with the NLRB over the Musk tweet that it stated was illegally threatening to remove advantages from staff who be a part of the union.
At that point, the UAW was looking for to characterize staff at Tesla’s facility in Fremont, who will not be unionised.
Tesla didn’t instantly touch upon the NRLB determination.
“This is a great victory for workers who have the courage to stand up and organise in a system that is currently stacked heavily in favor of employers like Tesla who have no qualms about violating the law,” UAW Vice President Cindy Estrada stated in an announcement.
The NLRB additionally directed Tesla to supply one former worker reinstatement in addition to to rescind 2017 guidelines that prohibited distributing union literature in its car parking zone on non-work time and guidelines that barred distributing union stickers, leaflets, and pamphlets with out first acquiring permission.
Tesla in 2018 defended Musk’s remark, saying it merely recognised that different automakers whose staff are represented by the UAW don’t present inventory choices.
In a separate tweet, Musk had accused the UAW of driving General Motors and Chrysler to chapter and dropping “200,000+ jobs for people they were supposed to protect.”
© Thomson Reuters 2021
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