'Not Just Morally Wrong—It's Against the Law': Keith Ellison Calls Out Elon Musk for Anti-Union Threats

September 21, 2020 0 By HearthstoneYarns

As billionaire investor Elon Musk continues to face accusations of labor law violations after he tweeted an apparent threat at workers attempting to unionize his California Tesla factory, Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) sent a letter on Friday demanding that Musk answer for his “anti-union” tweets as well as “a series of anti-worker incidents” that have reportedly taken place at Tesla’s electric car factory over the past year.

“I hope that Mr. Musk realizes that retaliation he may take against his workers for trying to form a union isn’t just morally wrong—it’s against the law.”
—Rep. Keith Ellison

“Workers at a company with as many workplace health and safety issues as Tesla could benefit greatly from forming a union,” Ellison wrote in his letter (pdf) to Musk, citing a recent investigation by Reveal that uncovered pervasive workplace injuries at Tesla that often went unreported. “I am concerned by Mr. Musk’s tweets, which appear to be in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act.”