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Elon Musk, Supergenius

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I know I am shocked that not only is Elon Musk a massive douche that is a hero to lots of young men who want to be him, but that he also treats his workers like any other capitalist.

Tesla allegedly engaged in coercive actions such as surveillance and illegal firing at its Buffalo, N.Y., gigafactory, according to an unfair labor practice charge filed by the United Steel Workers.

The charge was filed with the National Labor Relations Board on June 19. It comes amid a joint campaign of the USW and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers to organize the facility.

The joint campaign would involve about 300 production and maintenance employees at the western New York facility.

“Tesla greatly values our employees at our Buffalo facility, and respects their right to organize,” a Tesla spokesperson said in a statement. “The ULP allegation is without merit and we will be responding as part of the NLRB process.”

A USW representative declined to comment on the charge. A copy of the signed charge wasn’t immediately available.

The allegations come six months after Tesla announced a series of layoffs affecting 3,000 employees. Tesla said it saved $43.5 million of costs in the first quarter of 2019 due to the terminations as well as closing some stores.

Other than the unionbusting and general scumbaggery, can we take a step back here? He calls his production facility a “gigafactory”? Because just calling it a factory wouldn’t be disruptive enough? Our tech betters have the minds of 11 year old boys.

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