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SpaceX owner and Chief Executive Officer of Tesla Elon Musk has committed a series of violations of the National Labor Relations Act in 2017 and 2018, a US court rules on Thursday.

This came in the context of Elon Musk's 2018 tweet threatening employees would lose their stock options if they formed a union.

The US National Labor Relations Board called the tweet illegal and said it should be deleted.

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"Nothing stopping Tesla team at our car plant from voting union. Could do so tmrw if they wanted. But why pay union dues & give up stock options for nothing? Our safety record is 2X better than when plant was UAW & everybody already gets healthcare," Musk wrote in the May 2018 tweet.

The board ordered Tesla to direct to post a notice addressing the unlawful tweet at all of its facilities nationwide and include language that says "WE WILL take appropriate steps to ensure Musk complies with our directive."

The United Auto Workers (UAW)in 2018 filed a complaint with the NLRB over the Musk tweet that it said was illegally threatening to take away benefits from workers who join the union.

At that time, the UAW was seeking to represent workers at Tesla's facility in Fremont, who are not unionized.

Tesla did not immediately comment on the NRLB decision.

“This is a great victory for workers who have the courage to stand up and organize in a system that is currently stacked heavily in favor of employers like Tesla who have no qualms about violating the law," UAW Vice President Cindy Estrada said in a statement.

The NLRB also directed Tesla to offer one former employee reinstatement as well as to rescind 2017 rules that prohibited distributing union literature in its parking lot on non-work time and rules that barred distributing union stickers, leaflets, and pamphlets without first obtaining permission.

Tesla in 2018 defended Musk's comment, saying it simply recognized that other automakers whose workers are represented by the UAW do not provide stock options.

In a separate tweet, Musk had accused the UAW of driving General Motors and Chrysler to bankruptcy and losing "200,000 jobs for people they were supposed to protect."


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