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Tesla mass firings could show impact down the road
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The Tesla Factory in Fremont.
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Frank Morales joined Tesla about four years ago, eager to work for a growing company.
Morales handled the aggressive deadlines of the Tesla warehouse — until last month. He said he received years of strong performance reviews, but was fired one day “with no warning.”
A friend and a cousin recently asked him if they should go to work for the car maker. “I told them no,” Morales said, “stay where you’re at.”
Tesla’s October dismissal of 700 workers has left former employees angry and outspoken. Some, like Morales, have refused to a sign a separation agreement they feel is unfair and restrictive. The agreement bars former employees from disparaging the company or the executives who fired them, according to a copy obtained by this news organization.
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Tesla also faces ongoing protests, lawsuits and federal complaints from ex-workers and workers seeking to unionize — and is once again aggressively defending its image.
The disruptions come as the company battles the enormous task of hiring, training and expanding a skilled workforce to produce a new vehicle — the delayed, lower-cost Model 3 — that’s key to its success and survival.
Experts in human resources and employment law say the abrupt dismissals and upheaval could have lasting consequences for the Tesla brand and the company’s ability to attract talented engineers and factory workers.
“You really need to plan (terminations) very, very carefully, because it’s about people,” said Sanjay Sathe, CEO of placement support agency RiseSmart. The former workers could be future customers or even rehired as production demands increase, Sathe said. And bad word-of-mouth reviews can spread quickly on social media.
CEO Elon Musk acknowledged for the first time this month the company had fired 700 employees, saying it was for poor performance. Tesla sets high worker standards, he said, because it must be better than its bigger competition. “They’re high because, if they’re not high, we will die,” Musk said.
He complained that the October terminations, first reported by this news organization, became public and added that journalists should “be ashamed” for writing about a turnover of 2 percent of the public company’s employees.
The company also shot back at critics questioning its treatment of workers, who have raised concerns about lax worker safety rules and low pay. Chief people officer Gaby Toledano wrote an op-ed in the Sacramento Bee this month touting the company’s employee stock program and innovative environment. The company lists more than 2,500 open positions on its job board.
“Our employees have many paths towards promotion and long-term careers,” Toledano wrote in response to a critic. “We also believe it is important for everyone to be an owner of the company so, unlike other automakers, everyone is awarded company stock upon hiring.”
Palo Alto-based Tesla says workers remain attracted to the automotive and clean tech company. A company spokesman said Tesla received more than 73,000 applications worldwide in October, a 16 percent increase from January.
Any suggestion that the firings would hurt Tesla hiring in the long-term, the company said, “is purely speculation.” The company’s stock price hit record highs this year, but fell in recent weeks.
Analysts have kept a close watch on employee turnover in key positions. High-profile executives in autonomous driving, batteries, finance and business development have left the company this year.
More than a dozen current and former employees interviewed said their dismissals came with little or no warning and were unrelated to performance. Some said they were fired weeks before stock options vested. Many added that morale suffered at the plant, as workers were unsure of their job status.
The company has also angered outgoing employees by requiring them to sign a broad non-disparagement clause as part of their separation package.
The separation agreements ban ex-employees from bad-mouthing the company, its executives, investors, affiliated companies, and contractors and products. Fired employees are prohibited from specifically criticizing Musk, in return for two weeks severance pay.
Irving Arguello, a former Tesla mechanic from San Francisco, refused to sign the agreement. “I got spit out,” said Arguello, an expert in automotive electronics. “It’s a lot to ask.”
Arguello spent months in Norway, Canada and in U.S. cities fixing Tesla cars and training mechanics. He enjoyed learning the cutting edge technology, but said he became disillusioned with company managers ignoring worker needs, and Tesla’s demand for secrecy.
“Tesla relies a lot on perception,” he said. “They want to keep the positive perception.”
Scores of workers and supporters have protested at the Fremont factory since the terminations. Some former employees have joined a class action suit, saying the dismissals were actually layoffs — a distinction that could bring ex-employees up to 60 days of back pay.
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Employment lawyers say it’s unusual to fire hundreds of employees within weeks for performance issues.
“If an employee is doing poorly, you would just fire him,” said Nick Rosenthal, a Los Angeles attorney for several ex-workers. “You wouldn’t fire hundreds at the same time.”
Randy Strauss, an employment attorney based in Oakland, questioned Tesla’s explanation for the dismissal.
“On its face, it seems highly unlikely,” Strauss said. “Have you ever heard of a company that fires up to 1,000 people at one time, for cause?”
Josie Camacho, an executive at the Alameda Labor Council, said the terminations shocked many in the community. Labor organizers had high hopes for Musk leading a new era of auto manufacturing in the Bay Area and restoring the former Toyota NUMMI plant to regional, economic powerhouse.
Camacho said remaining factory workers she’s spoken with are upset. “As far as I’m concerned,” she said, “this employer needs to be held accountable.”
Morales, 46, insists he’s not bitter about his time at Tesla. He’s found a new, better-paying job closer to his home in San Jose. “Things happen for a reason.”
But still, he said, “I don’t think it was right.”
The Silicon Valley Cartel is more insidious than you thought!
By Alton S.
Twitter, Facebook, Amazon, Google, Snapchat, LinkedIn, Craigslist, Tesla, Netflix, Hulu and their executives, owners and employees are rich techno-garchs who do not care one bit about women, blacks, immigrants, green energy, self-driving cars, or any of that SJW feel-good crap aside from how much crony payola cash and stock market rigging those pretend causes can get them.
Those are the companies that conspire, at swanky Silicon Valley parties at homes in Atherton, Woodside and Menlo Park to create contrived global hate designed to pad their private bank accounts.
The Utter Bullsh*t of Elon Musk
By E&E Research Center – Los Angeles
Elon Musk says that he wants all of the NASA and Department of Defense taxpayer cash in order to build A Utopian City of Joy on Mars.
He is only using SpaceX to build and launch spy satellites to spy on citizens and deliver fake news and data harvesting to the world. He makes these BS pronouncements about impossible Martian cities in order to smoke-screen his crony cash grabs. He blinds you with his BS while he robs your paycheck.
Part of your pay check deduction pays for Elon Musk’s sex workers and private jets.
He floods the internet with artist renderings and hippie “Master Plans” of a sex-infused Burning-Man-on-Mars hype. At the same time, what he is actually doing is launching the deadliest, most privacy-abusing, data-harvesting devices humankind has ever known, into space.
SpaceX is where the dirty political tricksters of In-Q-Tel work. SpaceX is where the muder-and-heroin- for-sale online site: Silk Road, was launched. SpaceX is the company that has had lots of rockets blow- up. SpaceX is who is getting sued by their engineer for lying about safety. SpaceX is a BAD THING!
Musk always presents his pitch as if he wanted you to help him make pixie dust and fuzzy socks for disabled Magic Fairies in the Golden Forest of Dreams!
Who wouldn’t want to help with that!?
His self-promoting ego-masturbation TED Talks are designed to present a Wizard of Oz load of crap that will bring the suckers running and dull the sensibilities of the casual observer. Musk is the fraud behind the curtain.
Imagine! By even listening to Elon Musk and his friends you can help save the Fairies!
Musk looks like a fresh-scrubbed frat house boy with an easy smile. Some want us to recall that many sociopaths looked just like Elon Musk. They use their looks to disarm you just before they cut your throat.
He uses a political tactic best described as the “Fluffy Pillow Filled With Sharp Nails” approach.
He couches political crony-ism cash grabs in a soft facade of warm, fuzzy, crunchy-granola, singing bird, sunshine-talk in order to lure the voters and stupider politicians into a dulled somnambulism.
“Look!”, he says “... it’s just a fuzzy puppy. We all love fuzzy puppies. Move along, nothing to see here..”The “fuzzy puppy” is actually a Halloween puppy costume draped over a three-headed cancer-ridden monster. The “fluffy pillow” is filled with broken glass and poisoned nails that will cut you to shreds.
Musk uses FACADES to hide his dirty, criminally corrupt schemes.
Musk partners with people like David Plouffe. Plouffe delivers cash and power through the dirtiest anal crevasses of the political system.
Musk’s (now dead) SolarCity was a scam to exploit his poisonous exploding batteries and get free government cash. It had nothing to do with “saving the planet.” It was entirely about exploiting free government cash that he arranged with Obama in exchange for political campaigning. Tesla Motors is the same thing. All of the lawsuits against him from his ex-wives, ex-partners, ex-employees, ex-suppliers, ex-investors and the families of the dead victims of Tesla, clearly expose Musk as a fraud and an asshole!
Musk and his crony’s are who helped Obama turn the U.S. Department of Energy into a private slush- fund to pay back Obama’s campaign financiers. Musk and Plouffe came up with the scam: “...We can say it’s green and the voters will never ask questions as we suck the Treasury dry...”
The entire “Green”, “Cleantech” “Climate Tech” Solyndra and Cleantech Crash ruckus was scam dreamed up by these scumbags to funnel cash to Silicon Valley Billionaires. They need to be in federal prison and not on YouTube giving TED Talks.
Don’t be a sucker and a tool by buying into Musk’s BS.
It’s Time to Stop Spending Taxpayer Dollars on Elon Musk and Cronyism
David Williams / /
Elon Musk, chairman of SolarCity and CEO of Tesla Motors, speaks Oct. 2, 2015, at SolarCity's Inside Energy Summit in New York. Among SolarCity, Tesla, and SpaceX, Elon Musk’s interests got at least $4.9 billion in taxpayer subsidies over the past 10 years. (Photo: Rashid Umar Abbasi/Reuters/Newscom)
David Williams is president of Taxpayers Protection Alliance, a Washington-based nonprofit and nonpartisan organization that researches, and educates the public about, the government’s effects on the economy.
From Enron to Bernie Madoff, at the end of every great American financial scandal, the totality of the perpetrators’ greed seems to be matched only by the public’s incredulity at how such a thing could be allowed to happen.
And thanks to Elon Musk, there’s a good chance we may all be asking this question again soon.
The Senate Finance Committee and the House Ways and Means Committee have launched a probe into tax incentives paid to solar companies, according to The Wall Street Journal. The committee probes, led by their respective Republican chairmen, Rep. Kevin Brady of Texas and Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah, have found an appropriate and disturbing target to begin this work.
SolarCity, a solar installation company set to be purchased by Tesla Motors Inc., is one of the seven companies named in the initial investigation.
Already grossly subsidized, Musk’s SolarCity has become an albatross of waste, fraud, and abuse of tax payer dollars. As legitimate earnings and cash become even scarcer for SolarCity, its entanglement in the Tesla empire suggests that a drastic reckoning not only is imminent, but in fact emboldening Musk to become more outlandish and reckless.
Notably, SolarCity is run by Musk’s cousins, Lyndon and Peter Rive. During his chairmanship at SolarCity, Musk’s family enterprise has taken in billions of taxpayer dollars in subsidies from both the federal and local governments. But the subsidies and sweetheart deals were not enough, as losses and missed projections continued to mount.
Ultimately, rather than endure the embarrassment of collapse and further damage to the public image of Musk and Tesla, the cousins conspired to have Tesla simply purchase SolarCity this year. The conditions of the deal screamed foul play.
To say nothing of what sense it might make for an automaker to purchase a solar installation company, Tesla stockholders were being forced to absorb a failing, cash-burning company and pay top dollar to do so.
While cost cutting and corporate restructuring should have been the priority for a company swimming in debt and burning through available cash, SolarCity in fact has been doubling down on the failed model of taxpayer support. The desperate thirst for handouts has manifested itself in some of the murkiest political waters imaginable.
Thanks to Musk’s cozy relationship with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, the state has granted at least $750 million of its taxpayers’ money to SolarCity, building the company a factory and charging it only $1 per year in rent.
It would be hard to imagine such an operation would not be lucrative for its shareholders. And yet somehow, SolarCity never has made a profit.
It’s not just in New York. In this year’s race for Arizona Corporation Commission, the state’s public utilities overseers, only one outside group funneled cash into the contest.
All of the $3 million donated by that group, Energy Choice for America, came from SolarCity. The beneficiaries are candidates who have signaled their willingness to be part of the “green machine” that greases the skids for lucrative government subsidies.
Burning through taxpayer dollars, buying elections, and expanding a network of crony capitalism has become so inherent to the SolarCity model that $3 million to a public commissioner’s race, brazen though it may be, is only a drop in the bucket for Musk and SolarCity.
In 2013 alone, SolarCity received $127.4 million in federal grants. The following year, in which it received only $342,000 from the same stimulus package, total revenue was just $176 million and the company posted a net loss of $375 million.
Despite an expansion of operations and claims to be the leader in the industry, SolarCity never has been able to survive without serious help from government subsidies and grants. The failure to responsibly turn taxpayer dollars into a profitable renewable energy provider has led to SolarCity’s collapse into the welcoming arms of Tesla.
And with Tesla, SolarCity in fact will be right at home, compounding a disastrous shell game that Elon Musk is playing with government resources.
It has been widely reported that among SolarCity, Tesla, and the rocket company SpaceX, Elon Musk’s confederacy of interests has gotten at least $4.9 billion in taxpayer support over the past 10 years.
This is almost half of Musk’s supposed net worth—taken from the pockets of American citizens and put into companies that can survive only by cannibalizing each other, spending without end, and promising that success is always just beyond the horizon and yet never arrives.
The American people are being taken on a ride by SolarCity, Tesla, and Musk. The ride is fueled by a cult of personality in Musk. And it costs billions of taxpayer dollars as he promises us not only the moon, but to harness the power of the sun and send us all to Mars.
In the cases of Enron and Bernie Madoff, in the end the cheated victims wished to have woken up sooner to the hubris that enabled such a downfall—or that at least regulators had pulled their heads out of the sand before the full impact of the collapse was realized.
We’ve seen this story before and we know how it ends.
The congressional investigations underway not only are necessary but a signal that more must be done, and soon. We may not be able to help Elon Musk stop himself from failing again, but we certainly shouldn’t be the ones to pay for it.
- The Center For Ethics In Politics
“Elon Musk is a Lying Scumbag” say critics!
It is, now, well known that all of Elon Musk's companies would not exist, today, if not for White House kick-backs and West Wing mandated steam-rolling of his competitors, in order to protect his loose relationship with morality.
The many news article about how Musk has based his whole career on getting handed taxpayer cash, as Payola, in exchange for his partners funding political campaigns, are published around the world.
While Musk may be a con-artist, carpet bagger and public funds thief, one has to wonder if his ability to convincingly lie is incumbent to his nature.
Is he like all of those zillions of guys that you see on that TV show: “48 Hours”? You know, the ones who meet the girl, her family says “he is wonderful”, his co-workers say he “was the nicest guy”. His neighbor says he “wouldn't hurt a fly'… and you always find out he cut off her head, ate her liver and chopped her into sausage. Is he like that? Always smiling, but hiding a meat cleaver behind the smile?
Musk has taken nearly two decades to sell only as many cars as a “real” car company sells in two weeks? He says he had to “figure out” how to build a car, so that is why it took so long. Is that true? Why did he spend so long, on something so rudimentary, only to have it turn out to be “ the official car of douchebags and assholes”?
In those two decades, he has spent more money on those few cars than other real car companies spent on 10 cars. He says his run of the mill car was “so hard to build” and that was why it was $118,000.00 over budget PER CAR, at the time he applied for federal emergency cash. Was it really hard to build or was he siphoning money out to political campaigns?
He says the car is “Totally different” but it is the same electric car layout that electric cars have had since the 1800's. The Nissan Leaf and all of the other famous car company electric cars did not have any of the problems, delays or issues that Musk always has. Is he lying or just an idiot?
Critics say that Tesla was created to war-profiteer Afghan lithium that his campaign financier partners had inside deals with Russian mobsters for. They say that Solar City was created to accept kick-backs from Steven Chu at the Department of Energy and that Space X was created so Musk's partners, at spy agency IN-Q-Tel, could profit off of public surveillance systems. Musk says “no”, in spite of millions of pages of evidence to the contrary. Is he lying?
Bernie Tse, and about 18 Tesla employees, worked for Elon Musk to create a battery sales division, but that fell apart when massive amounts of federal reports emerged, in 2006 and 2007 that proved that Tesla partner: Panasonic, was involved in bribes, crime, dumping, killing workers with poison chemicals and other crimes. At the same time, Elon Musk saw reports that confirmed that his lithium ion would blow up spontaneously, catch on fire when stressed by a car, exude toxic fumes that cause cancer, liver damage, cellular breakdown and fetal mutation and that you had to invade Afghanistan and Bolivia to get the lithium. Even, today, as Tesla's, hover-boards, and numerous lithium ion devices, explode regularly, Musk says there is “no problem” with lithium ion. Is he lying?
The Department of Energy documents filed by Elon Musk, to get taxpayer cash have over 100 things that Musk promised, in writing, that turned out to never have happened and/or never been true. Did he lie..or just have a few typos?
His numerous divorces and break-ups have resulted in people, who knew him intimately, saying he was a “fraud and a “liar”.
His co-founders at Tesla sued him saying he was a “liar” and a “scam artist”.
His investors have said, in lawsuits, that he is a “liar” and a “fraud”.
Erick Strickland, the head of the highway safety agency, was confronted with covering up the DRAMATIC number of safety issues known about the Tesla. He quit the next day. What doesn't Musk quit?
In a recent article about Musk and Space X, with a cover photo depicting Musk in the company of rats, his own employees are quoted calling him a “liar”.
There are hundreds and hundreds of news articles describing different things that Musk has lied about.
Is Musk really a liar? Is he a scumbag Silicon Valley misogynist laboring under another facade of self-deluded privilege and narcissistic self-promoting elitism?
While Musk's partner: Google, gladly spins out Musk's “Look-at-me” self glorification press hype on a daily basis, is Musk telling the truth in those wild-eyed pronouncements?
In his latest press hype: Musk now wants to build a haven for the 1%, On Mars, much like his peer: Vinohd Khosla tried to build a haven for 1%-ers on a public beach, he took over, in Half Moon Bay, California.
We can only pray that Musk will go to Mars as soon as possible. Ideally, tomorrow...and stay there!
You Can Help Save America!
Unless you are living in an echo chamber bubble, you are, by now aware that the entire planet knows that all Tesla
drivers are assholes, douche-bags and politically corrupt pricks.
Everyone that sees someone driving a Tesla thinks: “Oh Look, There goes one of those corrupt, elitist assholes who
are entirely clue-less about what a prick the world thinks they are!”
Why would those people spend insane amounts of money on a mere car? Because they think they are impressing
people when, in reality, they are painting themselves with a spotlight of idiocy.
Elon Musk did not “invent Tesla”, he stole it from Martin (the actual founder) in a stock market hostile takeover.
Elon Musk did not fund Tesla. He bribed Senators to rig Department of Energy funds owned by the taxpayers. He is
the single largest government mooch in history. He has stolen vast amounts of money from the State and Federal
treasuries in his crony corruption political graft scams.
Musk has not invented anything. He stole it all and used stock market pump-and-dump, fluffer and valuation rigging
to manipulate his stock value with a constant smoke-and-mirrors corruption scam.
Have these Tesla drivers never read all of the fraud and abuse lawsuits against Musk by his wives, partners, workers,
investors, suppliers and co-founders? Those documents speak volumes, with hard facts, about what a mobster and a
crook Musk is! A huge number of Tesla workers and drivers are dead and those deaths have been covered up!
Google, Tesla’s partner, hides all of the bad Tesla news online.
Are Tesla drivers “saving the environment”? NO! Tesla’s manufacturing creates more pollution, wars and corruption
than almost any other modern cars. The lithium ion batteries Musk uses are toxic, self-ignite, create chemical fumes
that mutate fetuses and destroy brain and lung tissue, can’t be extinguished in their many fires and cause worker
abuse and toxic worker environments. His batteries destroy the environment in the land-fills they are dumped in and
they destroy government because Senators own billions of dollars of stock in them which they were paid as bribes.
Tesla batteries have set homes on fire and burned many Tesla owners alive. His partner, Panasonic, is criminally
Parking a Tesla in front of your home or office puts your address, and your neighbors addresses, on a permanent list
of people who need to be forced into awareness about what a criminally corrupt and dangerous thing a Tesla car is!
Friends don’t let friends drive Tesla’s! If you see a Tesla, tell the driver: DUMP IT!
Elon Musk is the Bernie Madoff of High Tech. Tesla is the Enron of Silicon Valley. We are prepared to prove this to you with hard evidence, FBI-class documents, public jury trials and vast video documentation..but, in your heart, you already know all of this to be true.
Friends don’t let friends drive a Tesla...