Elon Musk dares autoworkers union: hold a vote at Tesla’s California factory

Elon Musk dares autoworkers union: hold a vote at Tesla’s California factory

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Elon Musk has invited the United Auto Workers (UAW) labour national to clasp a ballot to unionize astatine Tesla’s Fremont mill successful California.

Musk tweeted the situation aft President Joe Biden, speaking successful his State of the Union Address, mentioned rival automakers Ford and General Motors — some of which person a beardown national presence, a cardinal constituent of Biden’s governmental basal — but not Tesla.

Gene Simmons, bassist and vocalist from iconic stone set Kiss, noted connected Twitter that the snub from pro-union Biden whitethorn person been “because Tesla is non-union and moved to Texas, a ‘right to work’ state.”

Musk seemingly agrees, and responded: “I’d similar hereby to invitation UAW to clasp a national ballot astatine their convenience. Tesla volition bash thing to halt them.” Musk’s statement is that due to the fact that the Bay Area has specified a competitory labour market, Tesla has to “treat and compensate our (awesome) radical well,” which makes unionization unattractive.

Our existent situation is Bay Area has antagonistic unemployment, truthful if we don’t dainty and compensate our (awesome) radical well, they person galore different offers and volition conscionable leave!

I’d similar hereby to invitation UAW to clasp a national ballot astatine their convenience. Tesla volition bash thing to halt them.

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 3, 2022

Although Musk says helium welcomes a just ballot connected unionization, successful the past, helium and different Tesla executives person been recovered blameworthy of sabotaging national efforts. In September 2019, a California justice recovered the company’s absorption blameworthy of a fig of amerciable anti-union tactics. As Vox reported astatine the time:

The administrative judge, Amita Tracy, pointed to 12 institution actions that violated US labour laws. That includes letting information guards harass workers who were passing retired national pamphlets successful the parking lot, banning employees from wearing pro-union T-shirts and buttons, repeatedly interrogating national organizers, and yet firing 1 of them.

As 1 idiosyncratic told The Guardian in 2018: “Elon Musk says he’s neutral toward the national [...] They’ve been thing but neutral. Anything national oregon pro-union is unopen down truly fast.” Musk himself has besides been ordered to delete tweets that the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) recovered to represent threats to unionizing workers. Tesla is presently appealing the order.

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