Elon Musk threatens to move Tesla HQ out of California over coronavirus restrictions

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CNBC’s “Squawk Box” discuss the latest on Tesla including Model 3 sales and CEO Elon Musk’s latest comments about the coronavirus pandemic.

Tesla says it has started the process to resume operations and released a plan to bring its employees and contractors back to work, amid an escalating dispute with local health authorities in California over a shelter-in-place order that has kept the automaker’s Fremont factory idle during the coronavirus pandemic.

“Our restart plan is the result of months of careful planning and preparation,” Tesla’s leadership said in a blog post titled “Getting Back to Work.” “It was modeled after the comprehensive return to work plan we established at our Shanghai Gigafactory, which has seen smooth and healthy operations for the last three months.”

Tesla workers are currently scheduled for shifts this week in Fremont to manufacture Model 3, S and X vehicles, according to company correspondence reviewed by CNBC. Those shifts were scheduled before CEO Elon Musk threatened Saturday to pull Tesla out of California in a dispute over the Fremont factory shutdown.

Tesla has filed a lawsuit against California’s Alameda County, asking a federal court to invalidate orders by local authorities that have prevented the automaker from resuming production.

Tesla argues in the company blog post that the Fremont factory falls under Gov. Gavin Newsom’s essential workforce guidelines and should resume production because it is critical national infrastructure.

“Contrary to the Governor’s recent guidance and support from the City of Fremont, Alameda County is insisting we should not resume operations,” Tesla’s leadership said in the blog post. “This is not for lack of trying or transparency since we have met with and collaborated on our restart plans with the Alameda County Health Care Services Agency.”

Alameda County authorities could not be immediately reached for comment.

Each Tesla facility has a back-to-work plan and a response team, which includes a physician, is establishing health and safety guidelines based on location and job-specific risk assessments, according to the company. In some cases, partitions and barriers have been added to minimize employee interactions.

Tesla’s re-opening plan outlines several safety guidelines and protocols for Tesla workers, including increasing cleaning and disinfection in work areas; enforcing social distancing; controlling access to facilities and imposing temperature checks at some locations.

“We are taking the time we need to get our personnel properly trained before they begin work and all employees must complete an online video training before returning to work at any Tesla facility,” the company said.

The company will also adjust work shifts to control the number of people in one work space and cut shuttle occupancy in half. The company says it will provide personal protective equipment to workers and implement touchless services for people who have direct contact with customers.

Tesla workers who can work from home will continue to do so but those needed for essential operations in the production facilities will come back to work gradually.

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27 COMMENTS

  1. So does this means he innovated the cóvid-19 vaccine and he will protect the life's of the workers if so lets get on it…or Mr Musk they are doing trial in the human you should go and volunteer since you are so worry about you money wealth hopefully you do same for your workers and there love one …as they say if there isn't a human touch no one will have a fortune being rich ..except LOTTERY…and still even in lottery it is nvolved a human touch….

  2. Threat or not, he has to think longer term because the biggest problem the Nevada plant has is retaining good workers as no one wants to living in the middle of no where. It sounds nice building a facility at the border of California and Nevada, next to a direct high way network but it's still in the middle of nowhere.

  3. Clapper and his friends got on CNBC and CNN and chanted "Russia Collusion". At the same time they were testifying in secret, under oath, that there was no evidence. Why would we believe anything that comes from MSDNC? Joe, your ratings problems are self inflicted.

  4. Elon musk is selfish … he just want more money than protecting the people working in his company .

  5. Hello, musk,
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    I also hope for the last time. My father's serious cerebral hemorrhage is still in the hospital in Beijing. I haven't slept for a long time. This may be a piece of news, but there may be a bit of hope. Thank you and good health

  6. Sad thing is the middle class now has to flee CA due to the dems making it impossible and dangerous for the average American to live there, and they're fleeing for the beautiful parts of America where they will vote for dems, and start the whole process over again. We need to build a fence around CA. STAT.

  7. It's those often bragged about "California values" the rest of the country hears so much about. The corrupt lib Dems don't care if business numbers diminish as long homelessness, feces piles and illegal immigrant numbers continue to increase. After all, it's the little things in life that count. VOTE DEMOCRAT!!!!

  8. So this is how left reports news: "whoa whoa whoa, you changed background! Are you in New York now?".
    No wonder people are tired of the left.😂

  9. Yeah it's a shame how naive the county has gotten. Tesla is the first new auto maker in 100 years. It's also perfect for the tree huggers. And most of all? It's blown the big three out of the water in EV sales. I'd say it'll be a shame if they leave Fremont. And obviously every citizen needs to vote out Alameda County council members. Oh yeah… come on November!

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