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NLRB: Tesla Can't Stop Employees from Sporting Union Logos at Work

The National Labor Relations Board late last month said Tesla could not prevent its employees from donning union logos on their shirts at work. So reports Reuters.

elon musk g2976ec871 640The NLRB ruling reaffirms “any attempt to restrict the wearing of union clothing or insignia is presumptively unlawful and—consistent with Supreme Court precedent—an employer has a heightened burden to justify attempts to limit this important right,” said NLRB chair Lauren McFerran. The ruling stems from a 2017 conflict between Tesla and the United Auto Workers union. Tesla did not respond to a comment inquiry before publication deadline. The UAW celebrated the ruling.

“This [is] a great victory for workers who have the courage to join together and organize in a system that is currently stacked heavily in favor of employers like Tesla who have no qualms about violating the law," UAW Vice President Cindy Estrada noted in a statement. "While we celebrate the justice in today's ruling by an increasingly pro-worker NLRB, it also nevertheless highlights the substantial flaws in U.S. labor law. Here is a company that clearly took numerous aggressive and unlawful steps to block workers' rights, and yet it is more than four years down the road before workers see a modicum of justice.”

Tesla has had a contentious relationship with its workforce, including allegations that it tapped a public relations firm in 2017 and 2018 to monitor its employees on Facebook during a time when some workers looked to launch a union at its Fremont, California factory, CNBC reported in June, citing invoices and documents it reviewed.

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