Tesla fires workers after trying to form a union
The American company Tesla expelled more than 30 workers from the company’s Buffalo, New York plant after they tried to form a union.
In a statement, the union called the layoffs at Gigafactory 2 “unacceptable” and said Tesla employees’ expectations of the plant were “unrealizable.”
According to the statement, workers also received an email from the company around 7:00 p.m. Wednesday stating that workers are prohibited from recording workplace meetings without the permission of all participants.
The union said the policy violated federal labor law and New York’s unilateral consent to recording of conversations law.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk is reportedly taking a hard line on unions despite the United Auto Workers union’s call for an organized vote at the company’s Fremont, California plant.
In 2021, the National Labor Relations Board ordered Tesla to remove a 2018 tweet in which it said it illegally threatened employees with the loss of stock options if they chose to be represented by the UAW.