Tesla employees don’t seem to be too happy.
In the past, there have been reports of SpaceX employees complaining about working long hours and on the weekends, with one anonymous engineer saying CEO Elon Musk’s “version of reality is highly skewed.”
Some have reached out to the United Auto Workers (UAW), claiming they work long hours for low pay under unsafe conditions. They added that Tesla has set aggressive production deadlines, causing California lawmakers to begin questioning Tesla for making its employees sign broad confidentiality agreements.
The American automaker said in a statement the complaints come from professional union organizers, and pointed out that it is the largest manufacturing employer in California. One production worker at the company’s Fremont plant, Jose Moran, shared in an online blog post that workers typically get paid $17 to $20 per hour, below the national average of $25.58 per hour for U.S. auto workers.
Moran says he’s been with Tesla for four years and is proud of the work the company does, helping produce innovative electric vehicles. But he also said he averages 60 to 70 hours a week and that a few months ago, six of the eight members of his team were on medical leave from work-related injuries.
Headquartered in Palo Alto, Tesla has over 5,000 non-union workers at its factory in Fremont.
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