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Don't let Elon Musk destroy worker protections!

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    Don't let Elon Musk destroy worker protections!

    Petition to Congress:
    We urge you to protect the National Labor Relations Board and increase its funding.

    Elon Musk is not a friend to workers. Musk wants his employees at the Tesla plant in Texas to sleep at the factory during “production hell.” And it’s not the first time — workers have slept at their jobs during other high intensity periods of production.

    "We'll be sleeping on the line, practically. Not practically, we will be," Musk said.1

    This is all part of Elon Musk’s fight to undo worker protections and get rid of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). Just a few weeks ago, Musk filed a lawsuit to destroy the NLRB,2 a federal agency focused on protecting workers across America. But we can’t let Musk win. Congress must stand up to this attack on the NLRB.

    Sign the petition: Tell Congress to protect the NLRB and increase its funding.

    When Musk filed his lawsuit against the NLRB, he called it “the very definition of tyranny.”3 It’s completely ridiculous and just his attempt to get away with union busting at one of his other companies: SpaceX.

    After SpaceX workers circulated an open letter criticizing Musk for, among other things, “issuing inappropriate, disparaging, sexually charged comments on Twitter,” Musk fired them, which is illegal under the National Labor Relations Act.4 The NLRB filed a complaint, and rather than own up to his bad behavior, Musk has chosen to attack the NLRB with baseless claims that the agency is unconstitutional.

    Elon Musk’s treatment of workers at Tesla and SpaceX is unacceptable. And so is his direct attempt to erode worker protections and destroy the NLRB.

    Add your name: Don’t give in to Musk. Protect the NLRB!


    1. Futurism, "Elon Musk's New Whim: Tesla Workers Must Sleep on Assembly Line,” January 28, 2024.
    2. Politico, "Musk's SpaceX seeks to blow up federal labor enforcer,” January 4, 2024.
    3. Ibid.
    4. Ibid.