Tesla and officials agree to reopen California plants as soon as next week, and some workers worry about safety

Tesla and California officials have reached an agreement to resolve a bitter conflict over safety procedures at the only Tesla auto assembly plant in the United States. Local officials said the agreement would allow the plant to resume production as early as May 18, Reuters reported on May 13. Tesla is likely to take further steps to resume production in the coming weeks.

Originally :: Tesla and officials agree to reopen California plants as soon as next week, with some workers worried about safety

Tesla and officials agree to reopen California plants as soon as next week, and some workers worry about safety

County Government Tweets

In mid-March, the Alameda County, California, county government issued a county-wide health order requiring factories to shut down most production to control the spread of the new coronavirus. But in recent weeks, Elon Musk, Tesla’s chief executive, has become the most famous executive to resist the lock-up period and demand a resumption of production. In addition to filing lawsuits against local officials and threatening to move Tesla’s headquarters and assembly plant out of California, Musk has frequently tweeted questions about the necessity and legality of the lockout period.

Tesla and officials agree to reopen California plants as soon as next week, and some workers worry about safety

Tesla and officials agree to reopen California plants as soon as next week, and some workers worry about safety

Musk Tweets

Earlier, on May 12, Musk said the Fremont plant was resuming production. He resisted the government order to keep the factory closed and said that if anyone had to be arrested, he should be arrested only.

Musk then won Trump’s endorsement. “California should now let Tesla and Elon Musk open their plants, and it can be done quickly and safely!” tweeted Trump. “

Tesla and officials agree to reopen California plants as soon as next week, and some workers worry about safety

Trump Tweets

The White House was not immediately available for comment on the announcement.

The Alameda County government said in a tweet that after negotiations with Tesla, the local government agreed to take steps “to prepare for a possible reopening as early as next week.”

Tesla did not immediately comment on the local government statement on May 13, but Musk tweeted: “Life takes effort.” (Life should be live.)

Tesla’s only electric vehicle assembly plant in the United States is in Fremont, Alameda County, California.

The Alameda County government said it would work with Fremont police to “ensure that Tesla complies with the rules on keeping distance between people and agrees to take health and safety measures that have ensured the safety of workers as they prepare for full production.” “

But the decision to resume work was not supported by all the workers.

NBC News spoke with five Tesla workers. It’s unclear how many Tesla workers have returned to work, and many of Tesla’s employees appear to have returned to the plant, according to a conversation with the five workers. But concerns remain, and public demands to ensure workers return voluntarily are at odds with pressure on companies to resume production.

Jessica Naro, 25, works a night shift at the Tesla plant. She has been on leave since late March, and her first reaction was unsafe when she was told she needed to return to work on May 13. Naro, the family’s only source of income, worries about her health and more worried about her 6-year-old son if she is exposed to the new coronavirus. Her son had been in hospital for two weeks in March, and Naro was told that if he contracted the new coronavirus, he would be more susceptible to serious complications.

Naro said she had the right to decide to get back to work when she thought it was okay, after Musk informed workers of the plant’s reopening in an email, saying”, “If you don’t want to come back to work at this time, don’t force yourself to do so.”

But Naro thinks that’s not the case. Naro claims that her boss told her by phone that she might be fired if she chose not to return as required. She also received another email with a different message, not mentioning the dismissal, but rather that she would no longer be eligible for unemployment insurance. If you do not return to work, you can use unpaid leave without punishment.

Tesla did not respond to a request for comment.