Elon Musk dares United Autoworkers to attempt to unionize Tesla : NPR


SpaceX proprietor and Tesla CEO Elon Musk is captured this Dec. 1, 2020, file picture,

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SpaceX proprietor and Tesla CEO Elon Musk is captured this Dec. 1, 2020, file picture,

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk, a vocal union opponent, is now inviting the United Autoworkers to arrange his firm in an try to goad the labor union.

Musk tweeted Thursday that he is capable of keep the Tesla workforce as a result of the corporate compensates and treats its workers nicely. Due to this, Musk claimed, he is not apprehensive about union organizing at his firm.

“I would like hereby to ask UAW to carry a union vote at their comfort. Tesla will do nothing to cease them,” he tweeted.

Musk was responding to a sequence of tweets by KISS chief Gene Simmons, who was criticizing President Biden for not mentioning Tesla, a luxurious electrical carmaker, in his State of the Union tackle earlier this week. In it, Biden touted Ford and GM’s efforts at constructing electrical automobiles. Each automakers are unionized.

Simmons stated “The President would not point out Tesla, maybe as a result of Tesla is non-union and moved to Texas, a ‘proper to work’ state. Give Elon Musk/Tesla its due. They’re sport changers and ought to be heralded.”

Musk responded, saying Tesla hasn’t closed its Fremont, Calif., location and has plans of increasing. He went on to say later that Tesla manufacturing facility employees’ compensation, which incorporates inventory choices, is the best within the auto trade.

A spokesman for the UAW declined to touch upon Musk’s tweets, however referred NPR to an ongoing case in entrance of the Nationwide Labor Relations Board involving Tesla and Musk.

Musk’s message to the United Autoworkers comes after years of organizing makes an attempt on the Fremont facility. Since 2017, unfair labor observe expenses have been filed in opposition to Tesla on the Nationwide Labor Relations Board, the federal company in command of imposing labor legal guidelines and monitoring union organizing drives.

Musk beforehand received into authorized bother for a tweet he despatched in 2018 saying employees might lose their inventory choices in the event that they unionized. This message was seen as a menace by employees, union activists and a California labor choose. The choose dominated Musk’s tweets to be an unlawful motion in opposition to workers’ rights to arrange.

The UAW and the NLRB has additionally cited Tesla and Musk for beforehand firing employees concerned in organizing actions, and for different claims.


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