Complaint supports workers’ charges that Tesla’s harassment, intimidation and biased terminations violated their rights Oakland, CA – The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has handed down a complaint against Tesla, finding merit to a series of charges that were filed against the company over the past several months. Charges range from terminating employees in retaliation for engaging in union and/or protected activities to unlawful interrogations of union supporters and more. A full copy of the complaint is attached here. In part, the complaint reads: “By the conduct described above in paragraphs 7 and 8(b) through 8(e), Respondent has been interfering with, ... Read more
The filing lays out six charges that range from intimidation and harassment to the unfair termination of employees to discourage protected, concerted activity. Oakland, Ca. – The International Union, UAW filed unfair labor practice (ULP) charges against Tesla, Inc. yesterday afternoon at the National Labor Relations Board’s Oakland office. The filing, which is attached, lays out six charges, including intimidating and harassing employees, terminating a group of employees to discourage protected concerted activity, disciplining employees for wearing items with the Union’s logo, terminating and/or disciplining employees in retaliation for participating in protected concerted activities, and more. Tesla, which recently fired ... Read more
Frontline Tesla Workers Send Letter to Independent Board Members Requesting Safety Data, Transparency on Pay, and Neutrality Fremont, Ca – A group of Tesla workers sent an open letter to the independent members of Tesla’s Board of Directors on Monday, in which they formally requested access to the company’s safety plan, clarity on compensation and neutrality and non-retaliation agreements as they try to form a union. Read the letter in its entirety here. In May, an employee provided Tesla’s OSHA 300 logs to WorkSafe, a nonprofit focused on protecting people from job-related hazards. The data showed Tesla had a worse safety record ... Read more
A report released today by Worksafe, a California nonprofit that advocates for better health and safety protections for workers, shows that Tesla’s own internal data demonstrates annual injury rates at its Fremont plant have consistently exceeded industry averages. For example, in 2015—the last year for which industry-wide comparative data is available—Tesla’s overall injury rate in Fremont has been about one-third higher than the industry norm, and its serious injury rate (those involving job transfers or missed days) is well over double the average. See initial coverage of the report on CBS, here. Worksafe’s findings come as Tesla management has stepped ... Read more
“You can make it through Monday,” Michael Sanchez a Tesla worker told the Guardian. “You can make it through Tuesday. Come Wednesday, you start to feel something. Thursday is pain. Friday is agonizing. Saturday you’re just making it through the day.” Read more on www.theguardian.com >>>
UAW President Dennis Williams spoke to the media today about the membership, Tesla, trade and more.
Yesterday, in a Medium post, 4.5 year Tesla worker Jose Moran made the case that the company could do a better job at curbing preventable injury and listening to its workforce. He also said that he and other coworkers at the Tesla plant had reached out to the UAW for support in their efforts. In response, Tesla CEO Elon Musk fired back that he thought Moran’s public comments were “morally outrageous.” Undeterred by the shocking reaction of his employer, Jose Moran put out a new video on Facebook today, highlighting that he wants to see a successful and profitable Tesla, ... Read more
“Mr. Moran is not and has not been paid by the UAW. We would hope that Tesla would apologize to their employee, Mr. Moran, for spreading fake news about him. We can confirm that Mr. Moran and others at Tesla have approached the UAW, and we welcome them with open arms.” Click here to read Jose’s Medium post about the how workers are treated at Tesla here.
DETROIT — General Motors announced today that workers at UAW Local 5960, Orion Township assembly plant will build test fleet Bolt EVs equipped with fully autonomous technology. The plant currently manufactures the Chevrolet Bolt EV and Sonic. The new equipment will include LIDAR, cameras, sensors and other hardware designed to ensure system safety, leveraging GM’s proven manufacturing quality standards. The test fleet vehicles will be used by GM engineers for continued testing and validation of GM’s autonomous technology already underway on public roads in San Francisco and Scottsdale, Arizona, as well as part of the Michigan testing fleet. Since the beginning of ... Read more