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SpaceX Fires Employees Involved In “Open Letter” Demanding Musk Be Muzzled On Twitter

SpaceX Fires Employees Involved In “Open Letter” Demanding Musk Be Muzzled On Twitter

Buh-bye. It appears the era of catering to woke employees is nearing its welcome end.

SpaceX launched a few employees onto the unemployment line this week after they unwisely issued a letter criticizing CEO Elon Musk’s ‘embarrassing’ and ‘distracting‘ tweets.

The letter was posted to the company’s internal communications system Wednesday, hours after Musk revealed publicly that he had voted for a Republican candidate for the first time by voting for Mayra Flores in South Texas.

In the letter, the unnamed workers gave the company’s directors ‘one month’ to ‘swiftly and explicitly separate’ from ‘Elon’s personal brand’.

They demanded that the company become more ‘inclusive’, and said its ‘zero asshole’ policy was not enforced clearly.

It’s unclear exactly how many people signed it or which employees instigated it but it slammed Musk for his unfiltered comments on Twitter, his new company, and called them unprofessional.

Reports indicate that some of the employees were bullied into signing the slam against Musk.

The New York Times reported on Thursday that SpaceX had fired employees associated with the letter, citing three employees with knowledge of the situation. It had not detailed the number of employees who had been dismissed.

SpaceX President Gwynne Shotwell sent an email saying the company had investigated and “terminated a number of employees involved” with the letter, the New York Times said.

The newspaper said Shotwell’s email said employees involved with circulating the letter had been fired for making other staff feel “uncomfortable, intimidated and bullied, and/or angry because the letter pressured them to sign onto something that did not reflect their views”.

Shotwell’s best line, which should be emblazoned upon the walls of every place of employment, was this: “We have too much critical work to accomplish and no need for this kind of overreaching activism.”

Given that bullying people into submission is a leftist tactic, the report is not surprising. It is good that Musk took steps to prevent these employees from continuing to harass other productive and talented workers at SpaceX.

Meanwhile, Musk did a town hall with Twitter employees in which he informed them of his expectations for their professional behavior.

At a town hall with Twitter workers on Thursday, Elon Musk — who submitted a bid to buy the social media company for $44 billion but has publicly wavered over the issue of spambots — answered questions about how he would run the business, from layoffs to product management.

One major thing: He really prefers in-person work, Insider reported

“You want to aspire to do things in person,” he said at the meeting, per a recording an attendee shared with Insider.

Leslie Berland, who serves as Twitter’s head of people and CMO, said at the town hall 1,500 “tweeps” (aka Twitter employees) are completely remote. The rest, about 6,000, are hybrid, by and large.

Musk said he thinks only high-power employees should be able to skip the office, generally speaking.

“If somebody is exceptional at their job, then it’s possible for them to be effective, even working remotely,” he said.

Musk knows how to get results. SpaceX just launched one of its Falcon 9 rockets for the 13th time, setting a new reuse record.

The two-stage Falcon 9 lifted off from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida today at 12:09 p.m. EDT (1609 GMT), carrying 53 of SpaceX’s Starlink internet satellites to orbit. It was the first of three rocket launches in three days from three different pads that SpaceX plans to pull off.

The 53 satellites were deployed into low Earth orbit about 15.5 minutes after launch, as planned. But there was action before then as well: About 8.5 minutes after liftoff, the Falcon 9’s first stage came down to Earth for a vertical landing on the SpaceX droneship A Shortfall of Gravitas, which was stationed in the Atlantic Ocean off the Florida coast.

It appears the era of catering to woke employees is nearing its welcome end.


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Perhaps through this and other examples Musk can lead the reforms needed to rein in the woke scold Karen who currently bully our institutions. It’s a workplace not an activist play space. Either your actions create and add financial value to shareholders or they are a drag on productivity. Firing the unproductive is a great step.

    In a sane world you would be correct. But we’re 15 years into Obama’s “fundamental transformation” and now corporate boards are worried about nonsense such as “ESG Scores”… essentially a layer of woke voodoo that can be used to cloud any decision-making process.

      CommoChief in reply to Paul. | June 19, 2022 at 12:33 pm

      Maybe, maybe not. We’ll see. Musk is providing the example. As is Netflix in telling woke Karen that the purpose is to make money not activism. Heck Washington Post just fired one woke weirdo who became too much of a distraction and then reassigned another high profile Karen for childlike unprofessional conduct.

      15 years in, longer really as the rot began decades earlier, and the younger woke employees are attacking the prior generation of slightly less woke bosses. These bosses can either be proactive and retain their jobs or be reactive and hope they get eaten last.

    kyrrat in reply to CommoChief. | June 19, 2022 at 3:02 pm

    Pro tip. When your boss moves you from CA to TX check state employment terms. TX is employment at will not like CA’s take forever to fire you terms.

      CommoChief in reply to kyrrat. | June 19, 2022 at 6:51 pm

      Or if he has enough money to have you chopped into pieces and dumped in an alligator farm…..

    Danny in reply to CommoChief. | June 20, 2022 at 1:51 pm

    The problem is most of our institutions are the woke scold karens, they aren’t bullied by them they do the bullying.

Pro Tip – When you demand ‘swift and explicit separation’ don’t be surprised when that is exactly what you get.

    jb4 in reply to Gosport. | June 19, 2022 at 10:47 am

    A side “benefit” here will be that, depending on the state, getting fired for cause will result in a delay in getting unemployment benefits and who knows what issues in getting an equivalent job.

Too funny that the Marxists are getting the treatment they want on their opponents. Marxists never worry of the bottom line, just as long as their goals are being marched forward.

I guess these firings provide greater clarity on enforcing the “zero asshole” policy.

Another Voice | June 19, 2022 at 1:02 pm

Hard to do battle with someone who defines the definition of Wonk;

‘A person who takes an enthusiastic or excessive interest in the specialized details of a particular subject or field.’

and have this person weigh in on a conservative.

Musk takes all the hot air a.k.a B. S. out of the progressive left zealots and the Democrat party. In the briefest yet politest and most effective way possible.

DeweyEyedMoonCalf | June 19, 2022 at 1:11 pm

I literally laughed out loud when I read the name of the droneship mentioned in the article, because it is clearly derived from the name of a spaceship in a series of science fiction books written by Ian M Banks.

Camperfixer | June 19, 2022 at 1:27 pm

Bunch of crybabies…maybe they can meet in a safe space and whine about how victimized they are while drinking soy lattes. Rubber meets road. Good riddance.

Go Woke, get Galt.

Piss off

Capitalist-Dad | June 19, 2022 at 2:54 pm

Sometimes to improve morale you just have to fire all the disgruntled employees.

healthguyfsu | June 19, 2022 at 4:08 pm

Isn’t it the liberals that keep telling us free speech is not without consequences?

E Howard Hunt | June 19, 2022 at 4:21 pm

Great pic. Is he transitioning?

    caseoftheblues in reply to E Howard Hunt. | June 20, 2022 at 6:36 am

    Context for you..
    The scarf around his neck is his bandana “mask” dropped down during a time when masks were required. Anyone who wore a bandana as a covid mask knew the whole mask thing was BS

    Transitioning into a bad ass mofo who takes no shit from leftwing whiners.

nordic_prince | June 19, 2022 at 6:19 pm

They…said its ‘zero asshole’ policy was not enforced clearly.

With those firings it sounds like that issue was rectified.

caseoftheblues | June 20, 2022 at 6:31 am

“SpaceX launched a few employees onto the unemployment line this week…”

Hilarious Leslie! Well done👏👏👏

I love employees demanding Boards and CEO’s do something. He was right to fire those toxic employees as fast as possible. Also, any employee who wants to stage a protest walkout had better take their personnel belongs with them.