Elon Musk may have violated U.S. labor laws during tweet storm

Elon Musk to roll out website to rate the credibility of journalists; Twitterati think it’s a ‘good idea’

He said he was thinking of calling it "Pravda".

SpaceX co-founder Elon Musk is exhausted of fake news, and he seems to have a solution.

"Problem is journos are under constant pressure to get max clicks & earn advertising dollars or get fired".

The increasingly irascible Tesla chief executive went on a 24-hour, anti-media tirade from Wednesday to Thursday, culminating in an online poll that saw almost 700,000 people showing their support for his plans to create a website to vet journalists' credibility.

"It is unusual that big auto companies literally have thousands more factory injuries than Tesla & millions more auto deaths, but somehow get less coverage".

He tweeted: "Amazingly, the 'media is awesome" vote is declining, despite hundreds of articles attacking this very poll'. The Tesla and SpaceX CEO said he would name the new venture "Pravda" after the old Soviet newspaper. "Pravda" means "truth" in Russian. The new versions will reportedly sell for up to $78,000-or more.

Shares of Tesla remain down 9 percent since the Silicon Valley company reported quarterly financial results on May 2, when Musk refused to answer queries from analysts and said "boring, bonehead questions are not cool".

Musk ended the Wednesday tweetstorm with a sideswipe against the UAW, which has been trying to organize workers at Tesla's Fremont, California, plant.

"Nothing stopping Tesla team at our vehicle plant from voting union". But why pay union dues & give up stock options for nothing?

Recently Consumer Reports (CR) tested the Tesla Model 3 and found that the auto had braking distances that were much longer than other vehicles in its class.

It was this tweet, more than anything else that Musk tweeted, that appeared to have immediate real-world outcome, as the threat to remove worker benefits following unionization could be interpreted as a violation of labor law, according to a former National Labor Relations Board chief cited by Bloomberg.

UAW charged that Tesla violated the National Labor Relations Act when Musk threatened to take away employee stock options if employees unionized, according to the complaint. Is it just another Musk prank, or is he actually serious about the idea?

Related:

Comments

Latest news

Cristiano Ronaldo Dismisses Comparison With Liverpool’s Mo Salah
Victory in Kiev's Olympic Stadium on Saturday would be a fitting climax to an astonishing debut season at Liverpool for Salah. The Liverpool forward has impressed many with his sublime performances this season including Brazilian legend Ronaldo.

Ayesha Curry Says Rockets Fan Bumped Her Pregnant Belly After Game 5
Ayesha jumps at the opportunity to turn the tables. grabbing the guy's cig and flicking it in his direction. The Rockets only need to clench one more victory to earn a spot in the NBA Finals.

Macron says won't lift Russian Federation sanctions if no progress on Ukraine
Putin also said Russian Federation was ready for dialogue with the United States, but that a proposed summit with U.S. President Trump said on Friday that the summit might even be held on the originally scheduled date of June 12.

Yellow lab gives birth to eight puppies
A round of applause - and a few barks - echoed through the terminal after Puppy 8 (a girl!) was successfully delivered. The Tampa Bay Times reports 2-year-old golden retriever Eleanor Rigby- Ellie for short, went into labor at Gate F-81.

No indication Toronto restaurant blast was terror or hate crime
Andre Larrivee, who lives in a nearby condominium building, said he was watching television and heard an explosion. Evans said the restaurant sustained significant damage in the explosion, though none was visible from the outside.

Other news