Tesla says caller layoffs astatine its Buffalo, New York installation were portion of a regular capacity reappraisal rhythm and that it is “false” that it fired labor successful consequence to a caller national campaign. The Workers United national antecedently alleged successful a title revenge pinch nan US National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) that nan institution fired dozens of labor astatine nan works “in retaliation for national activity” conscionable 1 time aft workers announced plans to organize.
In a connection posted to its website titled “In Response to False Allegations,” Tesla said it identified impacted labor 10 days earlier nan unionization plans were announced, and that it only learned “in hindsight” that 1 of nan 27 labor identified arsenic portion of nan union. Plans to layoff labor nan week of February 12th were apparently communicated to managers successful December past year.
“Tesla conducts capacity reappraisal cycles each six months,” Tesla wrote successful its statement, “If an worker fails to meet their capacity expectations they will beryllium fto go.” It added that it is “categorically false” that labor are pressured to hold bath breaks, 1 of nan allegations previously reported by Bloomberg.
Tesla Workers United, nan group of workers attempting to unionize successful Buffalo, did not instantly respond to The Verge’s petition for comment. Attempts to interaction Tesla erstwhile nan allegations first surfaced went unanswered. The institution is wide reported to person disbanded its property relations squad successful 2020.
The layoffs successful nan Buffalo facility, besides known arsenic Gigafactory 2, affected astir 4 percent of Tesla’s Autopilot labeling team, nan institution says. Similar layoffs hit nan company’s Autopilot labeling squad successful California past June, erstwhile astir 200 labor were terminated. In December, Electrek reported connected a forthcoming information of layoffs that Tesla would beryllium conducting successful nan first 4th of 2023.
However, 1 Gigafactory 2 worker who was portion of nan national organizing committee said they was told they were “exceeding expectations” anterior to being fired by Tesla. “I sewage covid and was retired of nan office, past I had to return a bereavement leave. I returned to work, was told I was exceeding expectations and past Wednesday came along,” Arian Berek said successful a Workers United property merchandise sent to The Verge pursuing nan layoffs. “I powerfully consciousness this is successful retaliation to nan committee announcement and it’s shameful.”