Elon Musk faces troubles beyond Twitter, with rumors of Tesla workers actively unionizing

Because his Twitter acquisition wasn’t actively causing him enough trouble, Elon Musk can now look forward to Tesla workers organizing. This development emerges from a tweet from Christian Kleinan increasingly influential labor leader who co-founded the Amazon Labor Union, rallied workers in an unprecedented legal victory against the retail giant and earned praise from Trevor Noah, Senator Bernie Sanders, President Biden and a seat in office ZEIT magazine‘s Top 100 Most Influential People of 2022.

Working conditions for the modern worker are far from perfect, especially in factory jobs like Amazon, Apple and other multinationals. Musk’s Tesla has similar grievances over labor rights issues, a culture that has taken a firm stance against whistleblowing and multiple allegations of sexual harassment — all of which are constantly swept under the rug and not particularly well known.

Amazon Union President Christian Smalls tweeted his understanding of the organizing activity currently underway at Tesla. Unions have become an integral part of working life in many countries, notably Australia, the UK, the wider Eurozone and Canada. Unfortunately, that can’t be said in countries where Tesla operates, particularly the United States.

Tesla had previously illegally fired workers for threatening to organize and employees to join unions, prompting Musk to save face and offer an employee his job with back pay. Great work Elon. Similar union efforts in the United States have seen Starbucks workers successfully unionize after a guerrilla campaign championed by a famous internet cat.

As the world becomes more globalized and labor gets cheaper, inflation rises but wages stand still, it’s no surprise that unionization is working. Standing alongside colleagues to demand better treatment, especially in a dangerous area like automation, makes a lot of sense.

Tesla’s list of controversies, particularly when it comes to workers, is not small. Musk tweeted in March 2022 that he had no concerns with unionized plants and said the company wouldn’t stand in their way, but since Tesla has sabotaged previous attempts to unionize workers, we’ll have to wait and see.

Everywhere Musk goes, employees seem to feel disenfranchised or ignored. In his first few weeks as head of Twitter, he fired an employee for correcting him for a rather egregious lie. If you then lock employees out of Twitter headquarters, you can see why he has such a negative perception of unions.

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Lindsay Lowe

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