Elon Musk isn't bluffing about moving Tesla out of California: Recode's Kara Swisher



Tesla CEO Elon Musk is defying stay-at-home orders by opening the company’s Fremont factory. He has become somewhat of a leader in the movement to reopen the economy. Kara Swisher, executive editor and co-founder of Recode, joins “Squawk Box” to discuss.

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.

Employees returning to work will complete a self-health checklist each day. Workers that show symptoms are directed to stay home, according to the plan.

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24 Comments

  • if he agrees with Trump on a single thing doesnt mean that he has to agree with everything he says, its not so black and white .

    Olivier Dols
    Posted May 17, 2020
  • What’s the problem with the reporters against Elon, because he is trying to get his factory back to making cars and lazy workers not wanting to come back to work ?? With the excuse of it’s not safe. That’s bull crap

    OSCAR BLATCH
    Posted May 17, 2020
  • California Socialist state deserves to lose companies. More companies will continue to leave that socialist state. Only if that state becomes more Republican will the companies come back or grow there.

    jonny777bike
    Posted May 17, 2020
  • If I had a business in a very competitive market and I was taking big losses due to a state government shutting me down, I would also want to leave. At least he would be staying stateside and another 10000 Americans would be getting jobs instead of going to China or Mexico.

    yeemsteam
    Posted May 17, 2020
  • GREAT, GREAT MOVE , PEOPLE NEED TO GO BACK TO WORK. MORE PEOPLE NEED TO FOLLOW HIS LEAD. Big and SMALL BUSINESSES TOGETHER. PEOPLE NEED TO REMEMBER THESE DAYS WHEN IT COMES TIME TO VOTE. OUR SO CALLED POLITICIANS NEED TO TAKE A 75% PAY CUT AND SPREAD IT AROUND TO THE PEOPLE THAT HAVE BEEN OUT OF WORK ALL THIS TIME!!!!!!

    Jim Nunes
    Posted May 17, 2020
  • Elon Musk is an engineers engineer. A lot of people don’t get that. He is out flanking, by innovation, all ICE manufacturers, and EV manufacturers.Tesla is not an auto company, it is a renewable energy production, management and consumption company. Look upon a tesla auto as a battery on wheels, potentially capable of augmenting the power utility’s ability to smooth peak power demand through a vehicle to grid connection. The nat gas peaker plants will eventually become obsolete, and Tesla auto owners will be paid for their battery storage contribution.

    Ray Spencer
    Posted May 17, 2020
  • Just wait for workers to get sick and those massive lawsuits come in and he gets shut down.

    Aussie_lover
    Posted May 17, 2020
  • California, an incorporated entity, wants to be bankrupt, file bankruptcy and bankruptcy protection shrugging its fiscal responsibility onto the remaining 49 states. There by domino effecting New York, Michigan, and Illinois. The remaining 46, incorporated, states will be crushed by the debt load. The end of the great experiment.

    Happily Annoyed
    Posted May 17, 2020
  • Elon either way get out of that crap hole.. any other state is fine .. then we can hope the faults go and Cali float's it away with it's people

    Roger S
    Posted May 17, 2020
  • 😎
    https://youtu.be/PuBpanJNOds

    Doctor Duct tape
    Posted May 17, 2020
  • Why would it matter if he supports Trump? Let me guess, in a few weeks we will see “ Musk is a nazi” from cnn?

    Gladius Jon
    Posted May 17, 2020
  • Elon is starting to behave like a millionare

    Joseph H
    Posted May 17, 2020
  • this lady could not be more wrong, this is the american way this is not in any way an isolated move

    lifeisawar zone
    Posted May 17, 2020
  • he is only bluffing if he does not move it

    lifeisawar zone
    Posted May 17, 2020
  • Welp….. He gonna split town soon. 🏃🏼‍♂️💨

    Cameron Rankin
    Posted May 17, 2020
  • Awwwwwwww MSNBC liberals and Wall Street babies don’t like Trump and Elon Musk. The establishment never likes change. They have it corrupted just the way they want it.

    James Powers
    Posted May 17, 2020
  • CNBC Sucks. Biased channel. Fake News.

    The Observer
    Posted May 17, 2020
  • This guy needs to stop talking over his guests. It's rude and unprofessional!

    Grasshopper
    Posted May 17, 2020
  • Good for Elon Musk! If the California Governor does not get his head out of the political game then Tesla should leave California – forever.

    Grasshopper
    Posted May 17, 2020
  • I wouldn’t do biz in Cali either. This is a catastrophe of an interview.

    jay Jay
    Posted May 17, 2020
  • Elon Musk is pretty cool! I would work for that guy! Move to Missouri. St Charles, Missouri doesn’t have a lockdown.

    Michael Goedeker
    Posted May 17, 2020
  • its 2020, how the heck do you still use a web cam from 1999 for a tv interview.

    Paul Cockerham
    Posted May 17, 2020
  • 4:00 mission to save humanity

    Maverick5588
    Posted May 17, 2020
  • Bro this is a weird interview, they interrupt each other twice 😂😂

    Michael Carnahan
    Posted May 17, 2020

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