Elon Musk isn’t shy about making his opinions known, and in a company-wide email to Tesla employees on Friday, he set the record straight on a few controversial topics. The upshot? Unions are bad, frozen yogurt and roller coasters are good.
Musk’s email was largely a point-by-point rebuttal of a viral Medium post by alleged Tesla employee Jose Moran that detailed a list of harsh working conditions at the company’s Fremont factory, and acknowledged that he had attempted to contact the United Auto Workers union. Musk claimed Moran was “paid by the UAW to join Tesla and agitate for a union. He doesn’t really work for us, he works for the UAW.” The UAW fired back, calling Musk’s allegations “fake news.” Musk has been outspoken about his resistance to Tesla employees joining the UAW, an organization he feels is damaging to the financial goals of his company.
“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 in the email, which was published in full by Electrek. “The tactics they have resorted to are disingenuous or outright false. I will address their underhanded attacks below. While this discussion focuses on Fremont, these same principles apply to every Tesla facility worldwide.”
Musk claims that, contrary to the picture painted by Moran’s Medium post, injuries on the Tesla factory floor are minimal.
“The net result is that since January 1st, our total recordable incident rate (TRIR) is under 3.3, which is less than half the industry average of 6.7,” Musk wrote.
Musk literally cast the entire affair as a “David vs. Goliath” allegory, in which Tesla, a multi-billion dollar corporation owned by the 87th wealthiest person in the world, is David.
The forces arrayed against us are many and incredibly powerful This is David vs Goliath if David were six inches tall! Only by being smarter, faster and working well as a tightly integrated team do we have any chance of success.