Tesla fires hundreds from Fremont factory on Friday

Discussion in 'Tesla' started by Domenick, Oct 14, 2017.

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  1. Tough time to be a Tesla employee. Hundreds have been fired in one fell swoop, supposedly due to performance. Or lack thereof.

    Hard to watch for those of us who've gone through similar circumstances. On the other hand, if a number of these departments were responsible, in part, for the poor production numbers of the Model 3, I can see the benefit of cleaning house.

    According to Tesla, most of the people let go will be replaced, though I can imagine there are those who are saying it's a sign of Tesla's impending collapse. (In the eyes of certain, short position stock traders and, sadly, supposed auto journalists, Tesla has been about to collapse for the past 10 years.)

    Reading some reports about working conditions from current and former employees, I can't help but think Tesla has a lot of room for improvement in its Fremont factory. It's great to see what the company has achieved and I love its future ambitions, but I worry some of that comes at a cost to employees quality of life.

    Sure, if people aren't happy working there, they can always leave and try to find something else, but I've heard a number of people who really loved working there and what the company was striving for, but still were negatively impacted by conditions.
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  3. Rob Lay

    Rob Lay Administrator Staff Member

    interesting development, we'll see how quick they recover and this is seen as a good move. listening to my ICE buddies they HATE Tesla and seem to be stretching at things to hate it about, yet say anything it is doing well at won't last.
  4. Pushmi-Pullyu

    Pushmi-Pullyu Well-Known Member

    I'm not really sure what point there is to discussion about this. The InsideEVs article was based on a rather speculative newspaper article that had almost wildly different reports about how many or how many Tesla employees were separated. And it also seems rather questionable that most or all of them were "fired" rather than terminated for other reasons.

    It seems doubly inappropriate if, as I think is the case, the newspaper involved -- The Mercury News -- is known for being heavily biased toward pro-union propaganda. I personally am not at all opposed to small unions, but the union activism at Tesla's Fremont factory is by the UAW, unquestionably one of the worst unions; one which has heavily contributed to the decline of American auto manufacturing.

    If the Fremont factory employees do unionize, which I certainly think would be a good idea for them, they should form their own local union, which -- unlike the UAW -- would actually benefit workers there both individually and collectively.
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  5. I thought Nikki over at Transport Evolved covered the issue pretty well.

  6. Pushmi-Pullyu

    Pushmi-Pullyu Well-Known Member

    This is why I wish editing wasn't cut off after just 30 minutes! :(
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  8. Pushmi-Pullyu

    Pushmi-Pullyu Well-Known Member

    @ Domenick: Thank you for the video!

    A "Captain Obvious" point: If a substantial percentage of those working at the Fremont plant voted for the union, back when that failed vote was taken, then of course many of those who were fired will be part of the group who voted for the union. That's mathematically inevitable. In fact, it would be quite remarkable if there were no pro-union voters amongst those who were terminated!

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