Monday, April 23, 2018

Some of Tesla's detestable practices

From this FB post:

"Tesla Motors claims to be the future of electric cars. But in many ways the company and its ruthless union-busting boss Elon Musk resemble the auto industry's grisly past, before the rise of modern labor rights. And now, in a new investigation by Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting and KQED News, it's been revealed that Tesla has been ignoring century-old safety norms adopted by the rest of the auto industry, not providing enough training, and faking its safety numbers in order to avoid regulations and cut costs.

"The reports are staggering. Tesla has, among other things, not painted bright yellow hazard lines on its factory floors (the industry standard) because Musk doesn't like the color yellow; left workers injured on the job homeless due to insufficient workers' compensation; and marked workers' injuries it should have reported to regulators as 'minor first aid' incidents and personal health problems in order to artificially deflate their safety numbers. The company has since denounced the journalists and whistleblowers behind this investigation as 'extremists.' Musk, needless to say, was not so long ago a close ally of the Trump administration, which has repeatedly threatened to crack down on journalism.

"Take the time to listen to the voices of Tesla's workers -- and the reptilian excuses of their bosses -- in this episode of the Reveal podcast."

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