FREMONT, California (KRON) – In East Bay, a handful of people have come forward to protest the return of Tesla employees to work.
They gathered outside Tesla’s headquarters.
Although Alameda County and Tesla have reached an agreement to allow the company to start manufacturing this week, worker safety is a concern with COVID-19.
Among the protesters outside Tesla headquarters on Saturday afternoon, a Tesla employee.
“I must say that I am very disappointed with Elon Musk for putting the health benefits of his workers at work,” said Carlos Gabriel.
Gabriel is a production associate at the Fremont plant. He is concerned about an outbreak of COVID-19 at the facility, which employs 10,000 people who commute up to 100 miles away.
“I worry about my health,” said Gabriel. “I don’t think there is a scenario where this virus cannot be contracted or contained in this factory. “
Members of the Workers’ Solidarity Action Network gathered outside the Tesla plant to voice concerns about the return of employees to work while shelters are ordered on site.
After tensions between CEO Elon Musk and Alameda County, the two sides reached an agreement to reopen its factory and start the assembly line.
“What is happening here today is a travesty,” said Steve Zeltzer. “Workers in auto plants and essential parts of the country are contaminated daily.”
Zeltzer traveled from San Francisco.
“We are also here to demand that Governor Newsom have CAL Osha inspectors here,” said Zeltzer.
Zeltzer says CAL Osha should visit the site to make sure employees aren’t sick.
A Tesla employee tells me that workers’ temperatures are taken before entering the building, that masks and hand sanitizer are available throughout the plant.
But that is not enough for this group.
“If other bosses do this, you will have an escalation of the COVID crisis that threatens not only the workers here but the public and there is going to be an increased escalation of COVID,” said Zeltzer.
We contacted CAL Osha and Tesla regarding these concerns, but we did not receive a response.