Video: Motley Fool – Most US Automakers Have a Problem That Tesla Doesn’t

FEB 8 2014 BY ELECTRICCARSTV 20

Motley Fool sees a problem that most US automakers struggle to cope with, but somehow Tesla Motors is immune.

Motley Fool Discusses One of Tesla's Main Advantages in the Automotive Market

Motley Fool Discusses One of Tesla’s Main Advantages in the Automotive Market

The problem is one that is an “enormous burden” for Ford, writes Motley Fool.

What the heck is this burdening problem?

And how can Tesla be so immune?

Watch the video from the start to the 12-minute mark and you’ll certainly find out.

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20 Comments on "Video: Motley Fool – Most US Automakers Have a Problem That Tesla Doesn’t"

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It’s from 6:15 to 12 minutes, not from start.

Or even 10:15 to 12:00 if anyone wants to get straight to the point.

(Spoiler — Tesla doesn’t have pension or union obligations that other car companies have.)

Thanks, I didn’t really want to watch it, MF videos make me sick.

=)

So Tesla’s advantage is that they owe their labor nothing? What a progressive world we live in…the business advantage is always assumed to be the one that makes labor bend over just a little bit farther…

…instead of working with labor to solve problems.

What evidence do you have that Tesla does not work with their employees to solve problems?

Tesla pays their blue collar workers 20% more than the Big 3 average.

What Tesla does not have is retirees from an era when the Big 3 had 95% market share and now have 45% market share to pay for those benefits like healthcare.

Tesla does not need to pay UAW bureaucrats a percentage of their business through union dues that don’t contribute to Tesla productivity in order for labor not to bend over.

UAW’s version of not bending over is taking the auto companies into bankruptcy and wiping out shareholder value.

Silicon Valley culture pays well for good employees. And that is what Tesla is doing.

But it is not guaranteed. Not without a signed collective bargaining agreement.

Without signed agreements, you are forever at the whim of current management.

Oh… so everyone is “guaranteed” employment? Sounds like a nice world you live in.

I didn’t say anything about guaranteeing employment…can’t you read?

Rob Stark stated that Tesla pays their employees well. I simply replied that good pay and benefits are not guaranteed – nor benefits nor anything else – without a signed collective bargaining agreement.

The next CEO can come in an start cutting wages, and there is nothing the employees could do about it. And they would have nowhere else to go because there are no other competent EV manufacturers yet.

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

1961 called, it wanted its economy back.

Welcome to the 21st century, nothing is guaranteed, nor should it be.

1961 was a better economy than now.

It doesn’t have to be this way. Pendulums swing back. Nobody said anything about guarantees. That’s just plutocratic propaganda you’re catapulting.

Really, pistol-packing tough guy?

Seriously – we should just stop paying taxes so that the next time a natural disaster affects your town, there won’t be any gov’t money guaranteed to save your sorry rear.

Funny how you say union workers wipe out shareholder value when it’s the shareholders who contribute nothing tangible to the company success. They just play with money and feed from the trough.

Those are the true “moochers”.

Pension obligations have nothing to do with Unions (other than Unions were better at negotiating benefits for their members back when the concept of retirement benefits was first invented). You can have a pension, and not be a member of a Union, and vice-versa. A bit of history — Before there were Pensions, most folk’s “retirement plan” was to have 9 kids, hope 6 survived to adulthood. That retirement plan was to hope that by the time you could no longer work, that at least one of them had become successful and cared for you enough that you would live with them in their home until you died. This is what is called the “Traditional Family” model. (The definition of “Traditional Family” is multiple generations living in the same home. This was the tradition for most of US history, and still is in many parts of the world). Or you died while still working, and never retired. Pensions first came into existence in the US to provide for the future of soldiers who were badly injured in war (Civil War, Revolutionary War, etc) that they likely wouldn’t marry, have kids, a job, etc. Again, nothing to do with Unions. War… Read more »

Where does this 20% more stat come from, and does it take into account the cost of living where they work?