Workers at Tesla's Gigafactory 2 in Buffalo, New York said the automaker fired dozens of employees after they announced plans to form a union, according to a Bloomberg News report. A complaint filed with the US National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) claims one of those fired workers was a member of Workers United's 25-member organizing committee.
The workers went public with their plans on Tuesday, writing in a press release that "unionizing will give us a voice in our workplace that we feel has been ignored to this point."
The organization is currently asking Tesla to sign a Fair Election Principles agreement, which would stipulate that Tesla won't interfere with their right to organize. These firings, if related to the organizing effort, could indicate that Tesla is already engaging in union busting.
The complaint alleges that the layoffs were a form of "collective retaliation.”