The Nationwide Labor Relations Board on Thursday upheld a 2019 ruling that Tesla had illegally fired a worker concerned in union organizing and that the corporate’s chief government, Elon Musk, had illegally threatened employees with the lack of inventory choices in the event that they unionized.
The board dominated that the employee, Richard Ortiz, should be reinstated with again pay, and that Mr. Musk should delete his tweet. The corporate should additionally submit a discover committing to not violate labor legislation sooner or later and asserting that it’s going to undertake the mandated treatments.
Mr. Ortiz had been visibly concerned in union organizing, together with distributing leaflets within the car parking zone of the corporate’s plant in Fremont, Calif., earlier than he was fired in October 2017. The corporate mentioned it fired him as a result of he had posted screenshots of workers’ profiles in an inner platform to Fb. An administrative legislation choose dominated that it was in retaliation for his organizing efforts.
The choose additionally discovered that the corporate had illegally issued a warning to a different worker for taking the screenshots and sending them to Mr. Ortiz, a ruling that the board upheld on Thursday as nicely.
In Could 2018, Mr. Musk posted his tweet, which included the clause, “why pay union dues & surrender inventory choices for nothing?” Each the choose and the board deemed the submit an illegal try and coerce workers by threatening their compensation.
The board went additional than the choose’s earlier ruling on some questions, discovering that Tesla’s confidentiality settlement, which it required workers to signal, unlawfully prohibited them from talking with the media about Tesla with out authorization even when the fabric was public. The ruling on Thursday requires the corporate to amend its settlement.
Tesla didn’t reply to a request for remark.