Tesla is fighting an order from the U.S. National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) that would force messages on union issues at the company to change.
What Happened: Tesla Inc (NASDAQ: TSLA) appealed a decision made last month by the NLRB, which ordered CEO Elon Musk to remove what the board deemed an anti-union tweet, Reuters reported.
The NLRB also said that Tesla violated US labor laws when the company fired union activist Richard Ortiz in 2018 and ordered Tesla to offer it to him.
In a petition on Friday, Tesla requested that the New Orleans-based United States Court of Appeals review the NLRB’s decision.
The company also asked the court to review the NLRB’s decision to order Musk to delete the 2018 tweet.
In that cheepMusk wrote: “Nothing is stopping the Tesla team at our auto plant from voting for the union. Tmrw could if they wanted to. But why pay union dues and give up stock options for nothing? Our safety record It is 2 times better than when the plant was UAW and everyone already receives medical attention.
Because it is important: Tesla has said its factories should remain union-free, and Musk has repeatedly clashed with workers at the Fremont factory over their pro-union stance.
Musk’s order to delete his tweet is also important, as Tesla counts its CEO’s tweets as official company communication.
Last month’s NLRB order also said Tesla must address the “illegal” tweet on all of its sites publicly, including by making a statement that says, “We will take appropriate steps to ensure that Musk complies with our directive.”
The board also said that Tesla must rescind the 2017 regulations that prohibit employees from distributing unionization information or brochures without prior approval from the company.
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