By Sahid Fawaz

Tesla's CEO is on a rampage against labor unions as he fights to keep workers from organizing.

Bloomberg reports:

"The United Auto Workers has been Elon Musk’s target for days of derision on Twitter, and his posts may open Tesla Inc. up to trouble with U.S. labor regulators.

The Tesla chief executive officer wrote Tuesday that the union drove General Motors and Chrysler into bankruptcy in 2009 and compromised the jobs of more than 200,000 workers. 'UAW destroyed once great US auto industry & everyone knows it,' he said in one post.

The UAW, which is actively trying to organize Tesla’s California assembly plant, has fired back with tweets of its own. But the more consequential outcome from the spat on the social-networking service may come in the form of unfair labor practice allegations made to the National Labor Relations Board, according to Wilma Liebman, who led the agency during the early years of the Obama administration."

For the rest of the story, visit Bloomberg here.

 

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+1 #26 Dave 2018-06-05 02:50
How did unions destroy the auto industry ? I work in every automakers plants . There are less people now because of robots than ever ! Explain to me how going from 3000 workers to 800 destroys the industry ? When the 800 do not make twice as much in any way as the 3000 complete and utter bullshit!
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+1 #25 James Demestihas 2018-05-29 20:04
if people treated people fairly and respectfully the whole thing wouldnt exist. Happy workers are productive workers.....productive workers make mgrs look good. Someday they may both learn...........
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0 #24 David Parry 2018-05-27 15:34
Paula Ann Farrell

Why can't we have workers running their own workplaces? Why should they be subject to orders from above on pain of destitution and possible homelessness? Also, unions aren't an outside party; they're comprised of workers employed in the firm.
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-1 #23 Paula Ann Ferrell 2018-05-27 15:30
I have been on both sides, 10 years Union, 35 years Management.
Don't just blame the Union! Management has the responsibility of running the business. They were weak, weak, weak. Who in their right mind would allow an outside party (Union) to dictate how they should run their business???? This is what really happened at GM. Management let the Union run their business don't kid yourself. Management needs to be more like President Trump and RUN their business. There are wants and needs in our lives and the wants can be negotiated. The word NO comes to mind. Why didn't they use it and mean it??? I believe they should have said, "If you want to work for us, then ok but if you decide you cannot abide by the rules, "have a good life". Unions should not be allowed to run the BUSINESS, period. Management needs to get some guts!
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+3 #22 David Parry 2018-05-27 12:01
Done both, union non

If industry depends on shitty pay and conditions to remain in a certain place, thereby forcing workers everywhere to choose between said shitty pay and conditions and diddleysquat, then the blame should reside not with the unions, but with the imperatives of capitalism. I would add that a system that presents people with that choice is not one that deserves to be maintained. On the contrary, it needs to go up in flames - literally if necessary.
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0 #21 David Parry 2018-05-27 11:43
Victor Jansson

'Utter and complete nonsense. Nothing about that has anything to do with unions. It's a result of something called compensating differential and rising productivity.'

Of course it has to do with unions. Do you really think that the capitalists, having secured greater productivity, would just have given those things to the workers (or allowed the state to give those things to the workers) without a struggle from below? Bollocks, they would have!

'Where do you imagine unions got the wealth from to give people all these things? They don't produce anyhting.'

That's arse-backwards. It's workers, unionised or otherwise, who produce wealth. Capitalists siphon it off. It's the capitalists who produce nothing.
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0 #20 David Parry 2018-05-27 11:40
Victor Jansson

Utter and complete nonsense. Nothing about that has anything to do with unions. It's a result of something called compensating differential and rising productivity.

Of course it has to do with unions. Do you really think that the capitalists, having secured greater productivity, would just have given those things to the workers (or allowed the state to give those things to the workers) without a struggle from below? Bollocks, they would have!

Where do you imagine unions got the wealth from to give people all these things? They don't produce anyhting.

That's arse-backwards. It's workers, unionised or otherwise, who produce wealth. Capitalists siphon it off. It's the capitalists who produce nothing.
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+1 #19 Matt 2018-05-26 18:43
Quoting JeffK627:
Just looked at Musk's Twitter feed. This tweet doesn't appear. Either he deleted it or this article is BS.


it's a reply. It's there.

https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/998996397570441216
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0 #18 JeffK627 2018-05-26 11:00
Just looked at Musk's Twitter feed. This tweet doesn't appear. Either he deleted it or this article is BS.
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-13 #17 Dan w 2018-05-25 19:51
never mind some of the “flaws” of today’s individual
Unions. If you are anti union, you’re either a greedy Jew fuck business owner, misinformed, or
Just a dipshit who doesn’t know up from
Down. I’m a union member here in Chicago.
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