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It was only a matter of time before the U.S. Labor Board would move forward in filing an official complaint against Tesla following reports made by some employees.
Three Tesla employees, as well as the United Auto Workers (UAW), filed complaints against the Silicon Valley automaker. The UAW has been pushing to unionize the company for some time, and now it has been able to get the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) in on the action.
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The NLRB is making it known that it has enough information related to workers' complaints about unfair labor practices, that the agency is compelled to move forward. The board claims that Tesla violated workers' right by way of mandating that all workers sign a confidentiality agreement. The labor board also stated that it has investigated charges made by workers that claim the automaker intimidated and/or harassed them.
Further, the board asserts that the said agreement may make it difficult for workers to openly discuss safety issues and work conditions. Workers explained that the company document bars them from sharing in public or with the media about anything they see at work or related to working conditions, without facing possible criminal prosecution or even termination.
The U.S. agency filed the official complaint on Thursday, August 31, 2017. Tesla has two weeks (September 14) to respond to the pending charges. Following this, the NLRB will hold a hearing before an administrative law judge in Oakland, California on November 14. Tesla released a statement (via Reuters):
“These allegations, which have been filed by the same contingent of union organizers who have been so outspoken with media, are entirely without merit."