Labor Takes Aim at Tesla in Private Letter to CA Dems

Washington Free Beacon | 9/14/2017 | Bill McMorris
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BY: Bill McMorris

Labor unions are pressuring California lawmakers to curb tax breaks on electric vehicles in an effort to punish Tesla Motors for resisting a unionization campaign.

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The California Labor Federation, an AFL-CIO affiliate and one of the state's most influential labor organizations, asked top Democrats to include budgetary language that would restrict tax breaks based on a company's labor practices in a letter obtained exclusively by the Washington Free Beacon. The September 12 letter, addressed to the chairs of the Senate and Assembly budget committees, urges lawmakers to approve AB 134 and SB 119, which would require "clean vehicle manufacturers to be certified as fair and responsible employers in order to be eligible for consumer rebates."

"Public investments should reflect our values—companies who benefit from public dollars should follow the law and respect workers' rights," the letter says. "The State of California has invested hundreds of millions of dollars in rebates … we must consider whether public resources should support companies where workers face economic insecurity and threats to their rights."

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The letter comes as United Auto Workers (UAW) attempts to unionize Tesla's Fremont factory, which employees more than 10,000 workers, according to a company spokesman. The campaign has been bitterly contested, according to workers at the factory. Jose Moran, a UAW supporter and line worker at the company for more than four years, said the workplace is rife with "preventable injuries," "mandatory overtime," and confidentiality agreements "that threatens consequences if we exercise our right to speak out" in a February post on Medium.

"Injuries, poor morale, unfair promotions, high turnover, and other issues aren't just bad for workers — they also impact the quality and speed of production. They can't be resolved without workers having a voice and being included in the process," he wrote.

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Neither the UAW nor the California Labor Federation returned...
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