Tesla Within a matter of hours, they had fired 18 workers, which included several leading figures in a campaign for unionization, just days after having announced their plans. to Organise Tesla plant in BuffaloWorkers said this in a filing to The National Labor Relations Board.
Elon Musk is the Chief Executive Officer of TeslaHe has not been soft in his criticisms to The company is known for its hardball approach to union organizers.
“I strongly feel this is in retaliation to the committee announcement, and it’s shameful,” Arian Berek, one of the members Buffalo Statement from the organizing committee After returning, Ms. Berek claimed she had been fired. to Work after being diagnosed with Covid-19 or bereavement.
Rochester is the Rochester branch Workers United Union, in “charge against employer” On Wednesday, the Labor Relations Board was informed by the company that it wanted an Injunction to It is illegal to fire. Tesla “terminated these individuals in retaliation for union activity and to discourage union activity,” According to the filing. Bloomberg News reported the firings earlier.
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Jaz Brisack is an organizer Workers United was involved in this campaign and said on Tuesday, in an interview, that the workers had taken the decision to Partly go public with the organizing effort to Make it easy for them to Talk to one another about these efforts.
She stated that workers complained of having their computers monitored closely and suggested that the public could give them greater freedom. to Have conversations about the union campaign. A company cannot do this. to Firefighters for protected concerted activities such as seeking to unionize.
It Buffalo According to factory, solar panels are made and parts for charging devices. to Tesla’s website, and has about 800 workers who help develop driver-assistance software.
It seems likely that there will be a labor dispute to Complicate Tesla’s relationship with President Biden, who on Wednesday praised the company’s decision to You can open up part of your charging network to Owners of electric cars.
It seemed like a good move to represents an improvement in Mr. Biden’s relationship with Mr. Musk had complained Insufficient attention was paid by the administration to Tesla During its push to electric vehicle subsidies.
Biden also promotes unions. The president is critical of businesses that don’t take the views he holds. to Be anti-union. In a statement, a White House spokesperson stated that “the president supports fundamental rights for workers under the National Labor Relations Act, including the right to organize free from intimidation and coercion.”
Musk has responded to the requests of companies owned by Musk to Worker organizing by firing workers was a common practice in the past.
The National Labor Relations Board determined that 2021 would be the year of this report. Tesla had illegally fired a worker involved in organizing at the company’s car factory in Fremont, Calif., and that Mr. Musk had illegally threatened workers with the loss of stock options if they unionized.
The board ordered Tesla to The worker was reinstated with back pay, and Mr. Musk was ordered to do so to Tweets that implied threat should be deleted You can delete the tweet appears to Still active
SpaceX was the rocket maker that Musk founded and fired eight of its employees in 2011. to write a letter to The company is being urged by management to distance itself from Mr. Musk’s sometimes inflammatory statements on Twitter and to better enforce the company’s policies on sexual harassment and discrimination.
Because of this, they deliberately avoided discussing unionization. to Mr. Musk’s reputation as anti-union, the company required managers to Get training in how to to prevent union activity. Workers said that they would prefer to avoid the topic. to Work constructively with executive leaders to Address their grievances. Several of the employees were fired shortly after the public disclosure.
In November, the employees brought unfair labor practices charges to the attention of the labor board; these cases remain pending.
The law is being enforced in this area. to Be slow and inefficient
A charge is filed by employees. The regional office must then investigate. This can take weeks to months. The regional office will investigate the charge and give the company an opportunity to respond. to In the absence of settlement, the complaint is filed to settle the case. An administrative judge will then decide the complaint. to The labor board of Washington was then to federal court.
This process could take several years. However, the labor board may ask a federal court to expedite it. to Over time, the court may issue an injunction reinstituting the workers. Although the board was sometimes reluctant, to use this approach, Jennifer Abruzzo, the agency’s general counsel, issued a memo Last year, regional offices were instructed to This makes it more popular. Since then, the agency has been able to reinstate many workers. However, an injunction can be used. take months.