UAW Looks to Unionize Tesla Motors
The United Auto Workers (UAW) is back at it again.
When Tesla Motors opened its Fremont manufacturing facility, the UAW tried to unionize the workforce. That didn’t happen, but the UAW is not giving up.
According to SF Gate, the UAW has now set up an organizing committee at Tesla’s Fremont factory and is again attempting to unionize the site.
We personally don’t think Fremont will be unionized, as unions have virtually no power in the Silicon Valley area, but just in case something comes of this, here’s what SF Gate is reporting:
“The United Auto Workers union has expressed interest in organizing Tesla’s plant. UAW President Bob King told an auto industry website that the union had set up an organizing committee at the factory. Union representatives had also met with Tesla CEO Elon Musk, King said in August.”
“Wall Street analysts who follow Tesla have long assumed that if the company survived its early years, the UAW would come calling. They say it’s hard to predict how unionization – if it ever happens – would affect Tesla, which is based in Palo Alto.”
“Some note that under King, the UAW has emphasized collaboration with automakers, rather than a confrontational approach. Others say unionization could increase labor expenses at a time when Tesla is developing its first car for middle-class buyers.”
SF Gate reached out to Tesla Motors for comment on the topic of unionization. As expected, Tesla declined to comment. “Several employees” at Tesla declined to comment, too.
CEO Elon Musk says Tesla is union neutral, so that’s the automaker’s stance.
Again, we stress that we believe nothing will come of this UAW organizing committee at Tesla, so there’s no need to fret.
Source: SF Gate