A 2018 tweet by Tesla CEO Elon Musk amounted to an unlawful threat that could discourage employees from joining a union, a US appeals court has ruled.
US court rules Musk Tesla union campaign tweet illegal
A US appeals court says Tesla Inc CEO Elon Musk violated federal labour law by tweeting employees of the electric vehicle maker would lose stock options if they joined a union.
The New Orleans-based 5th US Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday upheld a decision by the US National Labor Relations Board that said the 2018 tweet amounted to an unlawful threat that could discourage unionising and ordered Musk to delete it.
Amid an organising campaign at Tesla’s Fremont, California, plant by the United Auto Workers union, Musk tweeted: “Nothing stopping Tesla team at our car plant from voting union … But why pay union dues & give up stock options for nothing?”
Tesla did not immediately respond to a request for comment.