In a bid to address labor challenges and job security issues, Tesla workers have announced the formation of a new movement aimed at forming a Tesla workers’ union. In a letter to the company’s management, the workers announced their intention to unionize with Workers United Upstate New York.
The workers are seeking to have a say in their workplace, a voice they believe has been ignored up to this point. Once successful, the plans to unionize will mark one of Tesla’s first labor unionizations, an act the company has avoided unlike other US car manufacturers.
Despite the move, Tesla owner Elon Musk, who has made public comments against labor unionization, is yet to make a public statement regarding the workers’ move. In 2018, he received backlash after tweeting that employees would lose their stock options if they formed a union.
One Tesla employee, Alexis Hy, voiced his support for the move, stating that workers deserved to negotiate fair labor conditions with their employers, and there were several changes he would love to see at Tesla for the workers’ benefit.
The workers’ move to unionize seeks to address longstanding labor issues and promote better working conditions for Tesla employees, who have long felt ignored in their workplace.