A US labor council has rejected claims that Tesla Inc illegally fired employees working on Autopilot software at a New York factory to end unionization.
A regional official with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) on Friday dismissed a complaint filed in February by Workers United, a union seeking to organize workers at Tesla’s “gigafactory” in Buffalo, New York.
Workers United claimed that days after announcing a union campaign earlier this year, Tesla laid off dozens of workers in its Autopilot department. Tesla said the layoffs were based on performance reviews and were not related to union activity.
The labor board official, however, found merit in two separate claims that Tesla maintained an illegal rule on acceptable use of technology in the workplace and illegally solicited grievances from employees in response to unionization, the labor board official said Monday. NLRB spokesperson Kayla Blado.
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If Tesla does not resolve these claims, the NLRB will file a complaint against the company that will be heard by an administrative law judge, Blado said.
Tesla and Workers United did not immediately respond to requests for comment.