Workers Involved in Union Activities Say Tesla is Illegally Intimidating Them

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk listens as Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with technology industry leaders at Trump Tower in New York, December 14, 2016. Evan Vucci / AP

Reprinted from CNBC by Caroline O’Donovan on April 25, 2017.

Tesla is once again facing allegations that it’s working to quash a union drive at its factory in Fremont, California.

Last week, the United Automobile Workers union filed four separate charges with the National Labor Relations Board alleging that the company has illegally surveilled and coerced workers attempting to distribute information about the union drive.

The charges, copies of which were obtained by BuzzFeed News, specifically make reference to an event on February 10 in which Tesla allegedly intimidated three employees who were “passing out literature regarding their union organizing efforts, working conditions, the confidentiality agreement, and their rights under the NLRA.” On March 23, the charge alleges, Tesla broke the law by “instructing employees they were not allowed to pass out any literature unless it was pre-approved by the employer.” …

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