U.S board: ‘Unlawful’ for Tesla to prevent employees from wearing union shirts

By Thomson Reuters Aug 29, 2022 | 1:45 PM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) on Monday said it was unlawful for Tesla to prohibit employees from wearing shirts bearing union insignia.

In a 3-2 decision, the NLRB said that when companies interfere with employees’ rights to display union insignia the employer “has the burden to establish special circumstances that make the rule necessary to maintain production or discipline. The majority then found that Tesla failed to establish special circumstances in this case.”

The NLRB said some Tesla employees assembling EVs at its Fremont, California, plant wore shirts with union logos during a 2017 union organizing campaign.

(Reporting by Doyinsola Oladipo; Writing by David Shepardson; Editing by Mark Porter)