Union swag at Tesla is in. The Nationwide Labor Relations Board (NLRB) stated that Tesla’s current dress code policy was unlawful. Particularly, the half the place it solely allowed staff to put on Tesla or different pre-approved black tee shirts. That coverage meant union swag was not allowed — a hindrance to anybody making an attempt to arrange or present union solidarity.
Tesla’s coverage went into impact in 2017, and staff had been reportedly told they couldn’t wear shirts baring the United Auto Workers logo. Tesla tried to justify its costume coverage to the board claiming that its black shirts stop injury to vehicles and it wanted to take care of “visible administration” of its staff. The NLRB rejected this.
“With at this time’s determination, the Board reaffirms that any try to limit the carrying of union clothes or insignia is presumptively illegal,” stated NLRB Chairman Lauren McFerran. Particular circumstances live on and permit employers to use minor restrictions, corresponding to dimension and site of the union insignia.
A prominent example of a “special circumstance” classification is how Wal-Mart argued that customer-facing staff wanted to take care of skilled apparel. Whereas it may be tough for union supporters at Tesla to put on a purple shirt (the widespread shade for union solidarity) with the UAW emblem, Tesla can not limit them from carrying the emblem itself.
Tesla enforced a rule prohibiting the carrying of t-shirts with any emblem moreover the Tesla emblem throughout a union drive.
The employer would permit staff to put on their very own black t-shirts with supervisory approval, however not black t-shirts with a union emblem.
— NLRB (@NLRB) August 29, 2022
Labor organizing at Tesla wasn’t halted by the costume code. In 2019, a decide dominated that the corporate had been sabotaging unionization efforts. The NLRB additionally forced Musk to delete anti-union tweets from 2018. In March of this 12 months Tesla CEO Elon Musk even invited the UAW to hold a union vote. That was much less a name for shielding labor rights on the firm and extra an apparent dare on Twitter to show unionization isn’t vital at Tesla. “I’d like hereby to ask UAW to carry a union vote at their comfort. Tesla will do nothing to cease them.” Musk stated on the time.
Whereas no vote has occurred, organizers ought to have a better time exhibiting solidarity due to the NLRB’s newest ruling.