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Billionaire Elon Musk, a vocal union opponent, is asking the United Auto Workers to organize his company—Tesla—to provoke the labor union.
Musk tweeted on Thursday that he is not bothered by the idea of union organizing at Tesla because it pays its workers well and treats them with respect. His tweet read: “I’d like hereby to invite UAW to hold a union vote at their convenience. Tesla will do nothing to stop them.”
Musk fired back to a set of tweets by Gene Simmons, KISS head, who criticized President Biden for not citing the extravagant electric car manufacturer—Tesla—in his State of the Union address earlier this week.
President Joe Biden recognized that Ford and GM are working hard to develop electric models. The two carmakers are unionized.
“The President doesn’t mention Tesla, perhaps because Tesla is non-union and moved to Texas, a ‘right to work’ state. Give Elon Musk/Tesla its due. They are game-changers and should be heralded,” said Simmons.
Musk responded, stating Tesla has not shut down its Fremont, California location and has a goal to expand. He also added that Tesla’s plant labor force’s compensation, which counts stock options, is the highest among any other in the industry.
A spokesperson of UAW declined to further respond to Musk’s tweets but had said to media outlets about a case before the National Labor Relations Board on the subject of Tesla and Musk.
Musk’s statement to the United Auto Workers appears following years of trying at the Fremont headquarters. Improper labor practice charges have been thrown against Tesla since 2017 at the National Labor Relations Board—the federal agency handling labor laws and overseeing union organizing drives.
In 2018, Elon Musk faced legal action for a tweet stating employees could no longer possess their stock options if they unionized. Workers, labor activists, and a California jury considered this remark more than just a threat. The jury ruled Musk’s tweet an illegal action against workers’ rights to organize.
The UAW and the NLRB have called out Tesla and Musk for formerly terminating employees participating in organizing activities and for other claims.
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