The CEO is known for outsized claims and ambitious goals. But numerous factory workers say he doesnt follow through and that his leader gives a troubling tone
Elon Musk, the chief executive of Tesla, had emailed his entire faculty following the May 2017 publishings of separate investigations by the Guardian and a workplace safety organization showing high trauma proportions at the company’s northern California electric car factory.
” No terms can express how much I care about your safety and wellbeing ,” Musk wrote.” Going forward, I’ve asked that every hurt report back instantly to me, without exception. I’m meeting with the safety team every week and would like to meet every disabled person as soon as they are well, so that I are aware of from them exactly what we need to do to make it better. I will then go down to the production line and perform the same task that they act .”
Musk, an accountability Houdini, had turned the facts of the case that some of his employees were dealing with life-changing injuries into glowing press about his leader. If only his promises were true.
” He didn’t meet with me ,” said Richard Ortiz, a former Tesla factory worker who was injured at work in July 2017.
” That’s PR; that’s bologna ,” said another current Tesla employee, who said Musk had never met with him about the three pinched nerves in his arm.
” He didn’t meet with me, and my occurrence was registered ,” said a third Tesla employee, who was injured in October.” If he was truly going to meet with all the employees who got disabled, he would be here for half its first year .”
Whether Musk ever intended to follow through on his message to meet” every disabled being” is an open question. But in conversations with more than 10 current and former Tesla employees over the past few months, proletarians described the consequences of having a boss whose bombastic promises- to stockholders, to customers and to them- frequently become unfulfilled. While the billionaire’s loose tongue and overly optimistic statements may still excite his legions of fans and clients, many factory worker feel that they have become collateral damage.
Of the workers who spoke to the Guardian for this article, six had been injured at work. None of them never heard directly from Musk or had him perform their task on the assembly line.