A Tesla layoffs timeline of job cuts and hiring freezes

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February 2023

A union accused Tesla of illegally firing employees. Tesla is one of the only major automakers in the US that is not represented by a union.

Tesla laid off dozens of staff at its plant in Buffalo, New York, after workers announced plans to unionize, the Workers United union said in a complain.

The union filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) claiming that Tesla unlawfully terminated some staff “in retaliation for union activity and to discourage union activity.” 

Tesla denied the allegation, stating that the employees were laid off due to poor performance instead. 

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