Tesla Fired Gigafactory Employees One Day After Union Plans Were Announced

The day after employees at the company announced plans to unionize, Tesla fired scores of workers at its gigafactory in Buffalo, New York, according to a report. According to a complaint made to the U.S. National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), at least one of the sacked employees was a member of the organizing committee, and that other employees had participated in labor negotiations. The complaint asserts that the terminations were unlawful and were carried out “in retaliation for union participation and to deter union activity.” According to Workers United union activist Jaz Brisack, the job losses were “intended to terrify everyone about potential implications of them organizing,” she added. According to Bloomberg, employees at the plant had previously complained about onerous productivity goals and intrusive workplace surveillance that caused some employees to feel pressured to skip restroom breaks.