Worker: Tesla Stopped Me From Organizing a Union

By Sahid Fawaz

A worker spoke up about Tesla’s union activities at a hearing this week.

Reuters reports:

“A Tesla Inc employee organizing a union was asked by a supervisor and company security guards to leave the factory after handing out pro-union flyers, the worker said at a National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) hearing on Monday over whether Tesla had violated federal safeguards for employee activity.

The NLRB general counsel brought the case before a board administrative law judge after receiving complaints from three Tesla workers and the United Automobile, Aerospace, and Agricultural Implement Workers of America (UAW).

If Tesla loses, the company could be required to notify its employees that it was found to be committing unfair labor practices, a victory for union organizers . . .

Michael Sanchez, who has worked at Tesla since 2012 and is currently on medical leave, said he was asked to leave by security guards and a supervisor while handing out leaflets to colleagues outside a Tesla facility in February 2017.

‘What we see is a very heavy-handed, anti-union campaign that’s affected all levels of workers’ everyday lives,’ said Margo Feinberg, attorney with Schwartz, Steinsapir, Dohrmann & Sommers in her opening remarks for the UAW, which supports the NLRB counsel in the case.”

For the rest of the story, visit Reuters here.

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