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Worker testifies Tesla stopped from organizing union

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A Tesla Inc employee organizing a union was asked by a supervisor and company security guards to leave the factory after handing out pro-union flyers, the worker said at a National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) hearing on Monday over whether Tesla had violated federal safeguards for employee activity.

The NLRB general counsel brought the case before a board administrative law judge after receiving complaints from three Tesla workers and the United Automobile, Aerospace, and Agricultural Imple-ment Workers of America (UAW).

If Tesla loses, the company could be required to notify its employees that it was found to be committing unfair labor practices, a victory for union organizers.

The case comes as Tesla has struggled to ramp up production of the Model 3, a sedan intended for volume production that is key to the company achieving long-term profitability.

Edris Rodriguez Ritchie, an attorney for the NLRB, said Tesla asked workers to sign confidentiality agreements that were "overly broad" in preventing them from publicly discussing their working conditions. Tesla has denied the allegations and described them as an effort to make Chief Executive Elon Musk look bad.

----Reuters, Oakland

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