Elon Musk Invites UAW to Hold Union Vote in CA Tesla Plant … Where Employees Already Enjoy Exceptional Pay and Benefits
“Musk said the real challenge was the negative unemployment in Bay Area, and not compensating people well would make them leave as they have many offers.”
Space entrepreneur and business magnate Elon Musk seems to be a man made for this moment in history.
He certainly understands the need for domestic oil and gas production at this moment in history, despite losses to his own company.
Obviously, this would negatively affect Tesla, but sustainable energy solutions simply cannot react instantaneously to make up for Russian oil & gas exports.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 5, 2022
Fresh off of making this noble declaration, helping the Ukrainians with their internet, and making plans to save the International Space Station after Russian threats, Musk challenged Biden and the stranglehold unions have on certain industries by inviting the United Auto Works to hold a vote in Tesla’s Freemont, CA, plant.
The announcement comes as the billionaire entrepreneur criticized the Biden administration and Democrats for a proposal to give union-made, U.S.-built electric vehicles an additional $4,500 tax incentive. Tesla and foreign automakers do not have unions at their U.S. factories. read more
Organizing a Tesla plant would be a major victory for the UAW, which has largely failed to win the backing of workers at foreign-owned automakers’ or EV startups’ assembly plants, many of which are in the U.S. South. Tesla also has a plant in Austin, Texas.
In his tweet on Thursday, Musk said the real challenge was the negative unemployment in Bay Area, and not compensating people well would make them leave as they have many offers.
“I’d like hereby to invite UAW to hold a union vote at their convenience. Tesla will do nothing to stop them,” he said.
Musk’s challenge comes during an interesting exchange with iconic rocker Gene Simmons.
Musk was responding to a series of tweets by KISS leader Gene Simmons, who was criticizing President Biden for not mentioning Tesla, a luxury electric carmaker, in his State of the Union address earlier this week. In it, Biden touted Ford and GM’s efforts at building electric vehicles. Both automakers are unionized.
Simmons said “The President doesn’t mention Tesla, perhaps because Tesla is non-union and moved to Texas, a ‘right to work’ state. Give Elon Musk/Tesla its due. They are game changers and should be heralded.”
Musk responded, saying Tesla hasn’t closed its Fremont, Calif., location and has plans of expanding. He went on to say later that Tesla factory workers’ compensation, which includes stock options, is the highest in the auto industry.
Actually, @elonmusk makes a solid point to Pres @JoeBiden. The President doesn’t mention Tesla, perhaps because Tesla is non-union and moved to Texas, a “right to work” state. Give Elon Musk/Tesla its due. They are game changers and should be heralded. https://t.co/uZeJMVujAQ
— Gene Simmons (@genesimmons) March 2, 2022
Our real challenge is Bay Area has negative unemployment, so if we don’t treat and compensate our (awesome) people well, they have many other offers and will just leave!
I’d like hereby to invite UAW to hold a union vote at their convenience. Tesla will do nothing to stop them.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 3, 2022
Legal Insurrection readers may recall Musk moved Tesla headquarters, weighing both the cost of living and a hostile political environment.
— Leslie Eastman (@Mutnodjmet) October 8, 2021
California’s loss continues to be that region’s gain, as Japan’s Panasonic is eyeing a new location to manufacture batteries for Tesla close to the Texas headquarters.
Japan’s Panasonic Corp (6752.T) is looking to purchase land in the United States for a mega-factory to make a new type of electric vehicle (EV) battery for Tesla Inc (TSLA.O), public broadcaster NHK reported on Friday.
Panasonic is looking at building the factory, to cost several billion dollars, in either Oklahoma or Kansas close to Texas, where Tesla is preparing a new EV plant, NHK reported. NHK gave no timeline for Panasonic’s U.S. project.
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