UAW Claims That Tesla Is Browbeating Workers At Nevada Facility About Union Push

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The United Auto Workers (UAW) is accusing Tesla of interrogating and intimidating employees at the company’s giant Nevada battery factory for attempting to unionize.

The latest filing comes from Nevada, where Tesla’s Gigafactory is located, according to documents tech-media outlet Jalopnik obtained through a Freedom of Information Act Request. UAW’s unfair labor practice claim was made on behalf of a Gigafactory worker over alleged violations that took place at the battery plant.

Tesla violated Section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act, UAW claims. The provision makes it “unlawful for an employer to interfere with, restraint, or coerce employees in the exercise of their rights” to organize a union, according to the National Labor Relations Board.

“For example, employers may not respond to a union organizing drive by threatening, interrogating, or spying on pro-union employees, or by promising benefits if they forget about the union,” according to the NLRB website. The claim does not provide any specific examples of Tesla browbeating employees.

“In the past six months, [Tesla] has interfered with the protected Section 7 rights of [redacted] and those of [redacted] coworkers by intimidating [redacted], creating the impression of surveillance of [redacted] and [redacted] coworkers, engaging in surveillance of [redacted] and [redacted] coworkers’ activities, subjecting [redacted] heightened supervisory scrutiny and interrogating [redacted] concerning [redacted] support for and activities on behalf of the [UAW],” according to the filing.

Tesla is pushing back against the newest filing.

“To be clear, the NLRB has made no determination on their merits,” a spokesperson said. “We remain focused on our mission to accelerate the world to sustainable energy, and continuing to make Tesla an even better place for our employees to work.”

UAW filed similar charges against Tesla in October. The union claimed that the company intimidated and harassed pro-union employees at its California facility after the automaker fired scores of workers earlier in the year.

Tesla swept up many pro-union employees during the company’s mass terminations, the labor union wrote in a press statement about the complaint to the National Labor Relations Board. Workers came forward with copies of performance reports allegedly showing no reason for concern.

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