UAW files charges against Tesla on behalf on unfairly dismissed workers

Oct 27, 2017   OEM

The International Union, UAW filed unfair labour practice (ULP) charges against Tesla, Inc. on October 25 at the National Labor Relations Board's Oakland office.

The filing lays out six charges, including intimidating and harassing employees, terminating a group of employees to discourage protected concerted activity, disciplining employees for wearing items with the Union's logo, terminating and/or disciplining employees in retaliation for participating in protected concerted activities, and more.

Tesla, which recently fired hundreds of employees for 'performance issues,' swept up many pro-union employees in the terminations. Several pro-union employees have come forward with copies of their performance reports, which show no areas of concern.

Richard Ortiz has been an active union advocate for months, and has been quoted in the press multiple times. Earlier this year he filed charges against the company regarding their unlawful confidentiality agreement. Last week, Richard was fired – and was the reason given was violation of that very same confidentiality policy.

"I was fired for trying to better the lives of my co-workers," said Ortiz. "I always felt this was a worthy fight. I knew it wouldn't make me popular with management, and I knew there was risk – but people are getting hurt. People are being paid less than they're worth. And people are being treated unfairly. "I've worked in auto manufacturing my whole life," Ortiz said. "I do not believe – not for a second – that I was fired for cause."

On Tuesday October 24, a group of current and former Tesla employees, their families, and community and religious leaders held a rally inside Tesla's Fremont facility to protest the firings.

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