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Tesla Illegally Restricted Union Shirts, Labor Board Rules

  • NLRB says law protects insignia expressing workers’ interests
  • Democrat majority overturns Trump-era precedent on such claims
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Tesla Inc. violated labor law by restricting employees from wearing pro-union shirts, the National Labor Relations Board ruled, overturning a Trump-era precedent that took a narrower view. 

“Wearing union insignia, whether a button or a t-shirt, is a critical form of protected communication,” NLRB Chairman Lauren McFerran said in a statement Monday after the 3-2 ruling by the agency’s Democratic majority. “For many decades, employees have used insignia to advocate for their workplace interests -- from supporting organizing campaigns, to protesting unfair conditions in the workplace -- and the law has always protected them.”