Tesla Inc. CEO Elon Musk shot back against claims that workers at the company’s Fremont, Calif., plant are overworked and underpaid, calling them “disingenuous and outright false.”
Musk made the comments in a lengthy email Thursday to Tesla employees, in which he pushes back against claims made earlier this month by Jose Moran, a pro-unionization worker at the plant. Moran, in a blog post, said workers there have been in contact with the UAW about concerns relating to “injuries, poor morale, unfair promotions, high turnover” and other issues.
In his email, Musk said Moran’s claims are inaccurate and portrayed the UAW as being antithetical to Tesla’s mission. He described the electric carmaker in biblical terms, saying the forces against Tesla are “many and incredibly powerful” and compared the company’s tale to that of David and Goliath, “if David were six inches tall.”
“That is why I was so distraught when I read the recent blog post promoting the UAW, which does not share our mission and whose true allegiance is to the giant car companies, where the money they take from employees in dues is vastly more than they could ever make from Tesla,” Musk wrote.
The UAW has been in contact with workers at the Tesla plant since at least last year. The union said earlier this month that it welcomes Tesla workers with “open arms” and shot back at Musk’s claim that Moran is being paid by the UAW.
Musk addressed several of Moran’s claims point-by-point in the email, which was first obtained by the website Electrek.co.
On safety, Musk said he looked into Moran’s claim that six of eight workers on his team were on medical leave due to work-related injuries.
“Obviously, this cannot be true: if three quarters of his team suddenly went on medical leave, we would not be able to operate that part of the factory,” he wrote.