After Tesla this week objected to a regional Nationwide Labor Relations Board ruling that it violated federal labor laws and engaged in anti-union exercise, the case goes to the NLRB in Washington, D.C.
The Palo Alto firm filed 166 exceptions to a September choice by Amita Baman Tracy, an NLRB administrative regulation choose in California.
The choose discovered that Tesla interfered with labor union organizing in 2017 and 2018, and ordered that CEO Elon Musk be current whereas a discover is learn to the compay’s employees explaining their rights. She additionally ordered the corporate to reinstate an worker, Richard Ortiz, who had alleged he was fired for pro-union exercise.
Tesla maintains in its filings that Ortiz was fired for mendacity throughout an investigation and never for, amongst different issues, asking the corporate for details about office security data.
A lawyer for Ortiz has not returned a request for remark.
Additionally included within the case is a tweet by Musk — who not too long ago was discovered not liable in a defamation lawsuit over a tweet during which he known as somebody a “pedo” — that the choose discovered to have been a menace to take away Tesla employees’ inventory choices in the event that they unionized.
Final 12 months, Musk tweeted the next: “Nothing stopping Tesla crew at our automobile plant from voting union. May accomplish that tmrw in the event that they wished. However why pay union dues & surrender inventory choices for nothing? Our security document is 2X higher than when plant was UAW & everyone already will get healthcare.”
In one in all two filings dated Dec. 9, Tesla mentioned, “Exception is taken to the (choose’s) failure to discover that the character of Twitter needs to be thought of in weighing the legality of Musk’s and Tesla’s tweets.” The corporate additionally objected to the choose’s discovering that Musk’s tweet constituted office conduct and invoked Musk’s First Modification rights.
A spokesman for the United Auto Employees, which is a charging get together within the consolidated case, mentioned Thursday the union couldn’t touch upon a pending case.
Until a settlement is reached, the case will probably be heard by the NLRB in Washington subsequent 12 months.