Elon Musk, Tesla CEO and President invited the United Auto Workers union to vote after Biden refused to mention the electric car pioneer in Tuesday’s State of the Union address.
Musk tweeted about Ford and GM making investments in electric cars. Musk replied by saying that Tesla has created more than 50,000 jobs in America and that it is spending more than twice the amount of GM and Ford.
Gene Simmons, a Kiss singer noted that Biden did not mention Musk because Tesla workers weren’t unionized. It recently moved its headquarters from San Francisco, California to Austin Texas.
Musk responded that Tesla’s California plant, which is the largest North American auto factory, is still operational. They are considering expanding it.
“The real problem in the Bay Area is negative unemployment. Our (awesome!) employees will not be treated and compensated if we don’t. People will leave if they aren’t treated and compensated well. Musk stated, “I would love to invite UAW for union vote at their convenience.” Tesla will not stop them. ”
Musk’s Thursday night tweet was not responded to by a spokesperson from UAW union.
Musk’s openness to unions has been a significant change in the life of the tech entrepreneur.
A 2019 administrative law judge ruled that Musk violated labor laws by tweeting that workers would be able to give up stock options if they voted in favor of unionization.
Tesla has also been the subject of numerous lawsuits from employees alleging rampant sexual harassment, and racial discrimination.
Musk called Biden a “damp-puppet” in human form after Ford and GM executives were invited to the White House in January.
Musk said in September that Biden’s government was “maybe biased” and is being controlled through unions.