Thursday, June 7, 2018

Elon Musk's labor practices

Here's the Libertarian Socialist FB post (copied below) on this article, revealing just what Musk thinks of labor.

"This hasn't been a good year for supposed Randian superhero and Silicon Valley oligarch Elon Musk. After alternatively scaring and pissing off investors through his antic publicity stunts and being revealed to be a union-busting robber baron who lies about working conditions in his sweatshops by Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting, Musk has spent the last few months lashing out at the labor movement, the press, and just about anybody who doesn't acknowledge his alleged genius.

"But things might be taking an uncomfortable legal turn for the tech giant if he keeps running his mouth and revealing his anti-democratic intentions:

"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. Musk posted earlier this week that nothing was stopping Tesla employees in Fremont, California, from voting to join a union. But, he wrote, 'Why pay union dues & give up stock options for nothing?' Liebman read this as a warning that the company would take away workers’ stock options if they succeeded in organizing the factory. [...] 'If you threaten to take away benefits because people unionize, that’s an out-and-out violation of the labor law,' Liebman, who’s done legal work for the UAW in the past, said in an interview."

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