In 2017 Tesla has violated the National Labor Relations Act several times, Bloomberg reports, by threatening employees and taking revenge, an administrative judge in California ruled today. An Elon Musk tweet from May 2018 – where Musk said that joining a union meant giving up Tesla stock options – was also illegal, the judge found.
Nothing prevents the Tesla team in our car factory from voting. Could do TMRW if they wanted. But why pay union and give up stock options for free? Our safety record is 2x better than when the factory was UAW and everyone is already receiving health care.
– Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 21, 2018
Tesla fired one union supporter; the court order says that this person must be recovered with payment in arrears. Another pro-union employee must have a warning withdrawn. And Musk must be present at a meeting at the Tesla plant in Fremont, California, where he or someone on the labor council reads aloud a message to employees that Tesla has broken the law.
The finding can be a warning to the technical industry in general. Although Silicon Valley has always been an anti-trade union, more tech company employees have tried to organize themselves. Amazon has employees one anti-union training video, for example, as part of his struggle against the Teamsters, the United Food & Commercial Workers Union and the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union; warehouse workers hit Prime Day this year.
Tesla might appeal the pronunciation to the NLRB & # 39; s five presidential officials, something that even the judge said was likely. ("This will be appealed regardless of what I decide," the judge said, according to Bloomberg.) If it is considered, that appeal can be decided by three agents or the full board, depending on how difficult the case is. Tesla did not respond immediately to a request for comment.