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    NLRB alleges Elon Musk coerced Tesla workers against forming union: report
    Tesla Inc. Chief Executive Elon Musk violated federal labor law by urging employees not to form a union, the National Labor Relations Board has alleged, according to a new report

    Jalopnik reported late Thursday that the NLRB in June filed an amendment to an unfair-labor-practices complaint against Tesla, claiming that in June 2017, Musk met with workers at Tesla’s Fremont, Calif., auto factory and solicited complaints about workplace safety, and promised to address their concerns if they stopped their attempt to unionize.

    The NLRB said Musk “impliedly promised to remedy their safety complaints if they refrained from their union organizational activity,” and told workers “it would be futile for them to select a union as their bargaining representative by telling them that employees did not need a union and that [Tesla] would allow them to have a union if [Tesla] failed in its efforts to remedy their safety grievances,” according to Jalopnik.

    It is against the National Labor Relations Act for an employer to “interfere with, restrain, or coerce employees” trying to form a union, and the NLRB specifically cites promising “employees benefits if they reject” a union as a violation.
    https://www.marketwatch.com/story/nl...ort-2018-07-12

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    And sadly isn't it like this for most people trying to organize? The big corporations seem to forget workers do have that right!!

    Tesla workers speak out: 'Anything pro-union is shut down really fast

    Elon Musk has said he is ‘neutral’ about a union but former employees blame their firing on their efforts to organize while current workers say a ‘culture of fear’ persists

    For two years Dezzimond Vaughn was a well-regarded worker at the Tesla factory in Lathrop, California. Then he became involved in trying to organize a union and suddenly his job was on the line.

    “They started changing rules without any remorse,” Vaughn, a 31-year-old former Tesla computer-numeric-controlled (CNC) heavy machinery operator, told the Guardian. He cited a strict attendance policy Tesla implemented and backdated that deducted points from employees every time they clocked in late or were absent. “We started talking about forming a union, because they wouldn’t be able to do the things they’re doing, and they somehow found out I was having meetings at my house.”

    Vaughn claims management began to try to push him out of employment once they found out he was helping to lead unionization efforts. “Throughout my last year, we kept bumping heads. I never stopped working, they never had a problem with me as far as the work, but I had a lot of complaints about me. My supervisor said they were trying to fire me.”

    In October 2017, Vaughn received a phone call at home that he was being fired by Tesla due to two poor employee performance reviews in a row. He provided his separation agreement with Tesla, which cited “failure to meet performance expectations” as the sole reason for termination. Vaughn said his review scores were changed afterward to warrant his job termination, while the positive comments from his supervisor in the review remained.
    https://www.theguardian.com/technolo...nion-elon-musk

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    What Tesla’s union-busting trial means for the rest of Silicon Valley


    Just heard on the news this guy stepped down from one of his positions at Tesla. Will follow up with that story.

    In some sense Tesla’s union question is an existential one: is Tesla a tech company or a car company? Car companies tend to have strong unions, while tech companies do not.

    Musk runs Tesla like a tech company. Tesla’s done a top-to-bottom redesign of cars, and of the factory workflow. There are sudden pivots, and plenty of investment, despite a lack of profit — so far, so tech. Then you have the cars themselves: have to charge their batteries, the company can push over-the-air software updates to your car and totally change how it works, and uh they’re hackable. But they’re still cars: they go on roads, you drive them, and in most states you are legally compelled to buy car insurance for them.

    Unions do exist in tech, though mostly among contract workers — the drivers of tech company employee shuttles have one, for instance. But Silicon Valley, the tech epicenter, exists in part because of opposition to unions, according to Alex Press. That’s how California beat out Boston in the post-World War II boom.

    Robert Noyce, co-founder of Intel, infamously said, “remaining non-union is essential for survival for most of our companies.” So tech companies paid well, in addition to giving employees perks, stock options, and benefits packages. The company ping-pong table and free beer on tap is meant to prevent a labor union!
    https://www.theverge.com/2018/9/29/1...tion-elon-musk

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    Elon Musk Steps Down as Tesla Chairman in $40 Million SEC Settlement

    Elon Musk will give up the role of Tesla Inc. chairman and pay a $20 million penalty to settle fraud charges brought by the U.S. over his claims about taking the company private.

    Musk will get to keep his job as chief executive officer and remain on the company’s board, but must resign as chairman within 45 days and can’t be re-elected to the role for three years as part of the accord reached Saturday with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Tesla will also pay a $20 million fine.

    Neither Tesla nor Musk admitted wrongdoing under the settlement, which was reached two days after the regulator sued the billionaire over his tweeted claims to have had the funding and investor support to buy out stockholders at $420 a share.
    Elon Musk Steps Down as Tesla Chairman | Time

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    Inside Tesla’s factory, a medical clinic designed to ignore injured workers

    https://www.revealnews.org/article/i...d-workers/amp/

    When a worker gets smashed by a car part on Tesla’s factory floor, medical staff are forbidden from calling 911 without permission.

    The electric carmaker’s contract doctors rarely grant it, instead often insisting that seriously injured workers – including one who severed the top a finger – be sent to the emergency room in a Lyft.

    Injured employees have been systematically sent back to the production line to work through their pain with no modifications, according to former clinic employees, Tesla factory workers and medical records. Some could barely walk.

    The on-site medical clinic serving some 10,000 employees at Tesla Inc.’s California assembly plant has failed to properly care for seriously hurt workers, an investigation by Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting has found.

    The clinic’s practices are unsafe and unethical, five former clinic employees said.

    But denying medical care and work restrictions to injured workers is good for one thing: making real injuries disappear.

    “The goal of the clinic was to keep as many patients off of the books as possible,” said Anna Watson, a physician assistant who worked at Tesla’s medical clinic for three weeks in August.

    Watson has nearly 20 years of experience as a medical professional, examining patients, diagnosing ailments and prescribing medications. She’s treated patients at a petroleum refinery, a steel plant, emergency rooms and a trauma center. But she said she’s never seen anything like what’s happening at Tesla.
    Seems nothing has changed.

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    Default Re: Tesla Fires Hundreds of Workers After Their Annual Performance Review

    This is in a different location but same company and the USW's are trying to organize this location.
    Eight decades ago labor organizations worked to organize Republic Steel in the bloody and violent struggle between steel companies and the Steel Workers Organizing Committee. Union officials were back at the former site of Republic Steel on South Park Avenue last night as they look to organize the workers at Tesla.

    Now, it's the organizing committee successor, the United Steelworkers, trying to move into the green energy of the 21st Century. The organizers were outside the plant handing out leaflets to anyone entering the plant for the evening shift who would pull over. There were union flags and signs and the horn beeping of supporters driving by.

    "We're looking for a wage that provides the workers with disposable income," said Jim Briggs, Steelworkers Buffalo office Sub-District Director.

    This project is a great project and the purpose of the project was to bring economic value to the community and that's why tax dollars were spent on it. And, we need to make sure that the wages that they are earning do that."
    Organizers working to bring union power to Tesla | WBFO

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    Tesla Employee Claims It's Still Preventing Union Organising

    Tesla has kept up practices to prevent workers from organising a union, even as it battles with a U.S. labour agency over allegations that its management violated federal labour laws, a new complaint alleges.

    In a complaint filed Dec. 5 with the National Labour Relations Board, the worker—whose name has been redacted under law—claims that Tesla, within the past six months, has “with, restrained, and coerced its employees in the exercise of rights” protected under federal labour laws “by maintaining work rules that prevent or discourage employees from forming, joining, or supporting a labour organisation.”

    The worker also claims that Tesla has maintained rules that prohibit employees from discussing wages, work hours, “or other terms of condition of employment.”

    The unfair labour practice complaint was released on Thursday by the NLRB, in response to a Freedom of Information Act request by Jalopnik. The NLRB redacted the worker’s name, citing exemptions under federal law.
    https://www.gizmodo.com.au/2018/12/t...on-organizing/

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    Many threads that have Tesla in the story line. I'll place this story here in regards to Tesla's battery Buffalo plant, called Solar City.

    Former Tesla workers paint grim picture of Buffalo plant
    BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - A group of former Tesla workers in Buffalo are breaking their silence about problems they witnessed at the plant, including what they termed as “a lack of urgency” shown by management to improve operations.
    They said taxpayer-funded equipment constantly broke down that resulted in production goals never being met and a work atmosphere in which some employees spent more time on personal cell phones than their jobs.
    When one of the former workers raised these concerns with management, he said he was told that Tesla is trying to “build the plane as we’re trying to fly it,” and that hiccups are part of being a start-up.
    “It’s a wake-up call,” said Dale Witherell, who was among the 50 employees that Tesla laid off in Buffalo, part of a larger 7 percent reduction of its global workforce.
    “I don’t know how Gigafactory II has been going on this long without any checks and balances or any government officials or politicians actually monitoring or watching and holding them to some standards.”
    The plant at Riverbend in Buffalo was built and equipped with $750 million in taxpayer funds – the centerpiece of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Buffalo Billion initiative. As part of the deal, Tesla must employ 1,460 workers at the facility by April 2020 or face $41.2 million in state penalties.
    Scott said his experiences there have him questioning the massive state investment that Gov. Cuomo made on behalf of taxpayers.

    “That $750 million could have been spread out a lot better to a lot of other companies to stay here in Buffalo than sinking it into one big company,” Scott said.
    https://www.wivb.com/news/investigat...ant/1754568826

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    Default Re: Tesla Fires Hundreds of Workers After Their Annual Performance Review

    More lay-offs at Tesla Fremont.

    Tesla cutting more jobs at Fremont factory
    Tesla will cut 81 more jobs at its Fremont plant, bringing the total layoffs this month at its main factory to 883.

    The additional job cuts, revealed in an updated filing with California’s Employment Development Department dated March 1, mostly target service technicians and tech support specialists.
    Another new filing shows the company is getting rid of four more positions in Lathrop, bringing the total cuts at that location to 141.
    In late January, Tesla’s filings with the EDD detailed 1,017 job cuts in Fremont, Palo Alto and Lathrop. Those were part of previously announced layoffs that are expected to total more than 3,000, or 7 percent of the company’s workforce. Tesla’s annual report shows it had 48,817 full-time employees as of Dec. 31, 2018.
    https://www.siliconvalley.com/2019/0...emont-factory/

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    Default Re: Tesla Fires Hundreds of Workers After Their Annual Performance Review

    Another article on the layoffs.

    'It feels like a morgue': Tesla employees say morale has fallen drastically as stores close and workers are let go

    Tesla shocked employees last week when it announced it will shift all of its sales online and close "many" of its retail stores.

    One salesperson, away from his assigned store in California at the time, found out later that evening only after reading news reports about the plan.

    "Every time there are layoffs, we are notified after the fact," the employee, speaking on the condition of anonymity, told Business Insider. "It's a slap in the face. We should have been notified first, we're the ones building [Elon Musk]'s empire."

    That's just one example of an outpouring of exasperation by Tesla employees, many of whom say they've been left in the dark about major business decisions that affect their ability to sell cars and energy systems.
    https://www.businessinsider.com/tesl...s-close-2019-3

 

 
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