Reprinted from The San Francisco Chronicle by Bryan Logan on October 24, 2017.
Leaders seeking to unionize Tesla workers demonstrated at Tesla’s factory in Fremont, California, on Tuesday afternoon in protest of recent firings at the company.
The group, which included some fired workers and community leaders, delivered a letter to Tesla denouncing the firings, accusing the company of targeting employees who complained about working conditions at the factory, and asking that those employees be reinstated.
“We see Tesla as an important company for our regional economy, employing thousands of workers in the extended Bay Area who are proud to be building a zero-emission electric car,” the pro-union letter reads in part. “Given its importance, we expect Tesla to be a responsible employer that leads with fair treatment of its workers.”
The letter goes on to cite a formal complaint the National Labor Relations Board filed against Tesla in August that alleged the company violated workers’ rights by discouraging efforts to unionize. …