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Tesla’s battle with unionising workers

Elon Musk thinks they 'don't share our mission' – but is happy to give it a go, he says

What it means: A Tesla worker says a supervisor and security guards asked him to leave the factory after handing out pro-union flyers.

He went to the National Labour Relations Board (who are there to fix stuff like this for workers, or at least try), and they said if his statement was proven true, that would constitute 'unfair labour practices' and Tesla would be in some trouble.

Elon Musk, CEO, says he's not done anything to stop workers from unionising. He doesn't necessarily think joining the union (callled UAW) would help anything: "They drove GM and Chryslter into bankruptcy and lost  200,000 jobs...Tesla took over and now it has 10k+ jobs."

Whether or not he's right, workers still got a right to join a union according to the law – so the case is going to court again this week.

Read the full story: Reuters

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  • RW

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    I elaborate that the Jewish people, historically have tended to migrate almost exclusively to locations that are economically and culturally vibrant already. I would speculate that Jews have thrived in these places and have often improved the bounds of their economies and knowledge base.

    You can also ask; how many massive entertainment conglomerates, Nobel winners or billionaires has Isreal developed? If Jews are so capable, why isn’t Tel Aviv the Rome of our time?

    Jews are successful because they value education, maintain a strong social cohesive, they actively monitor and have a good sense for Zeitgeist wherever they are and they carefully choose the places they settle and congregate themselves heavily in these choice locations.

    But most importantly (haulocaust increased the importance of this aspect), they actually designed their culture for success. They not only attend Harvard, they use what they learned to better the group as a whole. With as much, they studied intricate networking systems, adapted to it and in many cases improved upon them. (See how Japan acquired Aegis warships and made them better).

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