Tesla fired dozens of workers in the Autopilot department of its Buffalo plant in New York on Wednesday, a day after workers launched a union campaign, according to a complaint filed with a government agency.
Earlier this week, Tesla employees in New York said they would team up with Workers United Upstate New York to help give them a voice in their workplace.
The Workers United Upstate New York union accused the automaker of firing some of its workers “in retaliation for their union activity”.
The company laid off more than 30 employees, the union said in the statement, adding that workers also received an email with an updated policy that prohibits them from recording workplace meetings without the permission of all participants.
“This policy violates federal labor law and also circumvents New York’s consent law to record conversations.” Workers call on electric car maker to respect their right to unionize
asked the company to sign the Fair Pick Principles, which would prevent Tesla from threatening or retaliating against workers.
Chief Executive Elon Musk has been anti-union in the past, saying in a 2018 tweet that workers would lose their stock options if they unionized, prompting the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to ask him.
”Tesla fired dozens of employees from its Autopilot department at its Buffalo, New York plant, a day after workers launched a campaign to form a union.”