Tesla, Other Factories Deemed ‘Essential’ to Remain Open During Statewide COVID Shutdown

Did you know making a $60,000 car is essential work in California?  Not your job at a restaurant, or as a worker in small business.  Per Gavin Nuisance, working is a car factory is as essential as working in a hospital.  Maybe that is because Newsom fears Musk could finance the Recall against him or the 2022 campaign for Governor.  To keep Elon happy, Newsom is giving privileges to the corporations and the rich—which the rest of us suffer in our homeless.

“Tesla was exempted because of manufacturing being listed as an essential part of the workforce, as opposed to the March and May restrictions earlier this year that had attempted to halt nearly all work at factories and manufacturing plants in the state. Specifically, Tesla’s listing this month places it in the “Transportation Equipment Manufacturing Products” section of the “Critical Manufacturing Sector.” This means that, while safety measures such as the use of PPE and proper social distancing must be in force, the Tesla factory in Fremont can continue to operate as usual.”

California has two sets of rules—one for the people, the other for the rich and powerful. Either the virus is serious or it is not.  Certainly Newsom is not serious.

Tesla, Other Factories Deemed ‘Essential’ to Remain Open During Statewide COVID Shutdown

Elon Musk previously fought hard against COVID-19 restrictions in May

By Evan Symon, California Globe,  11/23/20   

On Monday, the California Department of Health (CDPH) announced that Tesla, along with a small number of other factories deemed critical for the state, would be allowed to remain open during the latest COVID-19 shutdowns and curfew in the state.

Tesla was exempted because of manufacturing being listed as an essential part of the workforce, as opposed to the March and May restrictions earlier this year that had attempted to halt nearly all work at factories and manufacturing plants in the state. Specifically, Tesla’s listing this month places it in the “Transportation Equipment Manufacturing Products” section of the “Critical Manufacturing Sector.” This means that, while safety measures such as the use of PPE and proper social distancing must be in force, the Tesla factory in Fremont can continue to operate as usual.

“The Critical Manufacturing Sector identifies several industries to serve as the core of the sector including Transportation Equipment Manufacturing Products,” said the CDPH on Monday.

The exemption came as a surprise to many as Tesla, led by it’s founder and CEO Elon Musk, has been very resistant to California’s lockdown and defiant against previous attempts by the state to shut the plant down due to COVID-19 risk.

In March, Musk and other Tesla officials fought against statewide shutdown measures. Musk and Tesla fought these restrictions, even going so far as to threaten to leave California in May. This led to Musk suing the state and some California lawmakers, like Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego), who publicly cursed Musk in social media.

“F**k Elon Musk,” tweeted Gonzalez in May.

In the end Musk decided to stay in California for the time being, reopening his factory only days after his initial move announcement in defiance of Alameda County and state health laws.

“If you look closely at the Critical Manufacturing Sector exemptions for essential workers, it’s easy to see that the Transportation Equipment Manufacturing Products part of that pretty much only covers a few places in California, by far the largest being Tesla,” explained Oakland labor lawyer Anthony Hopper. “It’s just a too-narrow superlative. It should have just been called ‘Tesla and friends.’”

“Musk and Tesla had just shook California that hard earlier this year. They don’t want another legal fight, they don’t want to threaten to send law enforcement again, and they don’t want to keep going after them.”

“Now, there is honest-to-God merit in allowing them to reopen. People need new cars, they need new car parts, and they need car repairs. Especially when it affects services in California or helping other essential workers during the lockdown.”

“But all the signs are there, including from the county. Last time around, Alameda County did everything to keep the factory closed, only for Musk to reopen it anyway. Counties, like before, still have the power for local measures to be far more restrictive than the state, but they aren’t pulling the trigger this time.”

“No one wants to be the one to arrest Musk for breaking curfew. Musk stood them down once before by accepting arrest should it come to that.”

“Tesla wants to stay open for continued production, workers generally want to continue working there for having a job and all, and the state and county, while needing essential cars and car parts, also don’t really want to be embarrassed again like they were repeatedly in May.”

Alameda County has yet to make a final decision on additional COVID-19 measure as of Monday, but it is widely expected that the Tesla plant will remain open.

About Stephen Frank

Stephen Frank is the publisher and editor of California Political News and Views. He speaks all over California and appears as a guest on several radio shows each week. He has also served as a guest host on radio talk shows. He is a fulltime political consultant.

Comments

  1. Tesla is a slick (get it) advertising job.

    They took billions in tax breaks and move most of what they do out of the state. Oh and did you see it is rated at the bottom of reliability for autos of this category?

    Meanwhile back at the ranch, this car company is becoming a side note with the second launch in a week of space craft.

    If we are lucky Slick will book a ride to examine the sun.

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