Tesla must tell CEO Elon Musk to remove an anti-union tweet from 2018, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) concluded Thursday. The injunction came as part of Tesla’s appeal against a 2019 ruling by an administrative judge in a year-long legal battle between the company and the United Auto Workers union.
Below is Musk’s tweet in question, which is included as a screen instead of a Twitter embed in case the tweet is deleted. This is the direct link to the tweet, which was in response to this tweet, if you want to see the conversation in context on Twitter.
Tesla will also have to post at its factories across the country addressing the “illegal tweet”. This is actually a change from the decision in the 2019 ruling, which would have required Musk or anyone on the labor council to read a notice that Tesla was in violation of the law.
“Here a remedy for reading a notice is neither necessary nor appropriate to remedy the violations in this case, as the Council’s traditional remedies will be sufficient to mitigate the chilling effect of the Defendant’s unlawful conduct,” said the NLRB.
The appeal also included a number of other orders for Tesla. In particular, Tesla employees are allowed to speak with the media protected by the National Labor Relations Act without seeking permission. Previously, employees had language in their nondisclosure agreement that they could not speak to the media without permission.
You can download the full decision from the NLRB website or read it enclosed below.