'Come back to work or else...': Tesla issues stern warning at California plant

For weeks Tesla and local authorities in California's Alameda county were engaged in a bitter tussle over when the company's assembly plant in Fremont could restart operations. With the threat from Covid-19 pandemic forcing health officials to assume a strict approach, CEO Elon Musk even courted arrest by saying that the plant would be opened regardless of permission and he is ready to move it out of California if such a need arose. Such was the intensity of the feud that US President Donald Trump stepped in and asked for permission for restarting the plant be given. And it eventually was.

Workers in orange vests are seen outside Tesla's primary vehicle factory in Fremont, California. (REUTERS)
Workers in orange vests are seen outside Tesla's primary vehicle factory in Fremont, California.

Also Read : Elon Musk vs California vs Covid-19: A timeline, from 'dumb' to defiance

Now that local authorities have backed down and said that the Tesla facility can reopen provided certain safeguards are met, the company is on the fast track of preparations for life post weeks of lockdown. For employees who may still be concerned about safety protocol and their health since the pandemic is far from over, Tesla has issued a strict warning. "If you do not feel comfortable coming into work, you can stay home and will be on unpaid leave. Choosing not to report to work may eliminate or reduce your eligibility for unemployment depending on your state’s unemployment agency," Tesla reportedly informed employees in an email communication, according to the Guardian.

The Guardian report also mentioned certain employees who are reluctant to get back to work just yet but have said they are being compelled to. "They’re trying intimidation and threatening tactics, saying if you don’t show up there’s no more unemployment. I will not be there, as well as a number of other people, because it’s still shelter-in-place. Until Alameda county health officer Dr. Erica Pan says otherwise, I won’t be there," an unidentified employee was quoted as saying.

Also check these Vehicles

Find more Cars
Tesla Model S (HT Auto photo)
₹70 Lakhs - 1 Cr* *Expected Price
View Details
Tesla Model 3 (HT Auto photo)
₹ 70 - 90 Lakhs* *Expected Price
View Details
Mahindra Thar (HT Auto photo)
₹ 10.98 - 16.94 Lakhs* *Ex-showroom price
Add to compare
Check latest offers
Tata Nexon (HT Auto photo)
₹ 8.10 - 13 Lakhs* *Ex-showroom price
Add to compare
Check latest offers
Tata Harrier (HT Auto photo)
₹ 15.49 - 26.44 Lakhs* *Ex-showroom price
Add to compare
Check latest offers
Maruti Suzuki Fronx (HT Auto photo)
₹ 7.46 - 13.13 Lakhs* *Ex-showroom price
Add to compare
Check latest offers

US media reports suggest that the desperation behind restarting operations at the Tesla assembly plant here stems from production and delivery timeline pressures which have suffered greatly owing to the lockdown. And while Musk has called the lockdown 'fascist' in the past and Trump continues to make a case for opening up the US economy, there are many others who urge caution, including Anthony Fauci, the US government's top infectious disease expert who recently told the Senate that 'little spikes' could become outbreaks if federal guidelines were not followed. Hours later, Trump openly expressed his views to the contrary.

First Published Date: 14 May 2020, 10:10 AM IST
Shopping Bag Shop Now
74% OFF
Microfiber Car Cleaning Soft Brush Ideal as Mop Duster, Washing Brush with Long Handle, Dust Cleaner Car Wash Brush with Handle, Soft Brush Scratch Free, Cleaning Dashboard Curved Design - Grey
Rs. 389 Rs. 1,499
40% OFF
MelodySusie Portable Electric Nail Drill Professional Cleaner Dust Collection/Lighting 2 in 1 Car Vacuum Cleaner 120W High-Power Handheld Wireless Vacuum Cleaner Home Car Dual-use USB Rechargeable (Black)
Rs. 599 Rs. 999
42% OFF
Boldfit Cycle Pump for Bicycle Portable Air Pump for Cycle and Bike Foot Balloon Pump Machine for Balloon High Pressure Cycle Air Pump for Bicycle, Car, Football Pump, Pump for Cycle Tyre Black
Rs. 349 Rs. 599
SHAYONAM Dent Removal Kit - Powerful Car Dent Repair Kit - Suction Cup Dent Puller Handle Lifter and Dent Repair Puller for Car Body Dent, Glass, Tiles and Mirror (Plastic)
Rs. 399

Please provide your details to get Personalized Offers on

Choose city
+91 | Choose city
Choose city
Choose city
Powered by: Acko Logo
Please be noted that any information provided herein above will be received by Acko General Insurance Limited (“Acko”). By mentioning the above information, you agree to provide these details and information to Acko.
By clicking "View Offers" you Agree to our Terms and Privacy Policy

Dear Name

Please verify your mobile number.

+91 | Choose city
Couldn't verify the OTP.
It's either expired or it's incorrect.