The leading manufacturer of electric cars Tesla filed a petition against the decision of the National Labor Relations Administration of the United States, which indicates the firm as a violator of American labor laws, reports Reuters.
The reason why Tesla is accused of violating the laws is a tweet by the company’s CEO, Elon Musk, in which he announced the company’s imminent withdrawal from participation in the union.
“There is nothing stopping the Tesla team at our car factory from voting to join the union. We could do it tomorrow if we wanted to. But why pay union dues and give up stock options for nothing? Our safety record was 2 times better than when the plant was a union member and everyone is already receiving health care, “ Musk wrote in 2018.
The court found that Musk’s statement violated the law, and ordered to delete the tweet, but the billionaire refused to do so.
In a petition filed by Tesla against the court order, the company asks for a review of the decision and to provide it with “any additional assistance that the court deems fair and impartial.”
Earlier, Musk lost a labor dispute.