GM CEO Says Tesla Won’t Acquire Any Of Its Plants Due To UAW Workers

General Motors CEO Mary Barra shut down rumors about the possibility that Tesla could buy one of their soon-to-be-idled U.S. factories.

USA Today reports that GM’s boss admitted there was talks about Tesla buying either GM’s plant in Detroit or the one in Lordstown, Ohio, both of which are going to close soon as part of the company’s restructure plan that includes several models being killed off.

“There have been conversations in the past,” Barra said during a presentation for investors and analysts. “But Tesla’s not interested in our workforce represented by the UAW, so really it’s a moot point.”

The UAW (United Auto Workers) union has a long history with Tesla, having accused the Palo Alto-based EV maker of banning its employees from organizing a union and discussing safety issues. Tesla has been denying UAW’s charges and the two are currently battling it out in a court.

Elon Musk has recently expressed interest in buying one of GM’s factories, following the news of General Motors’ restructure plan.

After all, it would not be the first time Tesla buys an unused manufacturing facility, as the Fremont factory in California was formerly a joint venture between Toyota and GM. This time, however, the proposed plans seem to come attached with UAW workers, which apparently is a sticking point.

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  • Rocket

    So to summarize, Tesla doesn’t want them for the same reason GM doesn’t want them.

    While I don’t necessarily agree with the way GM is handling their restructuring, there’s no denying the UAW was a factor, even if GM can’t/won’t publicly say so.

    • Liam Paul

      anything to keep the top dogs rich and the bottom feeders poor, well eventually, there will be no bottom feeders with any money to buy their products, in the end, the top dogs are just setting themselves up for a big fall in this country. This country has gone down hill since ronald reagan work his ass off to break down unions and may he rotte down stairs

  • Dude

    I know why Tesla (Musk specifically) is so opaque on the subject of unions. GM’s unionized factory workers don’t make much more than Tesla’s workers; $17/hr avg vs $15 from what I’ve read. Are the conditions so unsafe that it’d be that big of a deal? If so that would obviously bite them in the butt eventually. And workers with good benefits and safe conditions well known to be more productive and any boss of a large corporation has to know that. Why not let your workers unionize?

    • charlotteharry57

      The $17 doesn’t include the outrageous bennies.

      • Jørn-tommy Skjellnes

        lol, u dont earn alot working on a car factory in the states, its sad to read that a big country like usa has sutch low payment.

        • Dude

          I might’ve gotten the numbers wrong. One article says Tesla factory workers make an average of $15.70 but a disgruntled employee said it ranged from $19 to $21.

          • Jørn-tommy Skjellnes

            well 20 dollar is better that 15.

    • CONTROL.

  • Six_Tymes

    one of the worst things GM has ever done, is put Mary Barra in charge

    • charlotteharry57

      And I wish that she (and Mr. Hackett at Ford) stumbles badly in the near future. She put her neck on the line on Friday, predicting a stellar corporate performance in ’19, so if she doesn’t go before then, she well might a year from now.

  • pxsupply

    So stupid….. I could see GM getting into bankruptcy situation again in the not so distant future.

  • Ed

    1. blaming others for your failures.
    2. shut down one of your company’s own factories and blame the workforce severance on Tesla.

  • ➡️ProtectOurHeritage⬅️

    Hilarious hypocrisy from Mary Barra. No wonder she was on Hillary’s VP shortlist.

  • Bob White

    The US is all about the rich exploiting the working class. Silicon Valley takes this to a whole different level. A handful of billionaires own 90% of all assets. The system is a complete failure and so is the country.

    • ChrisInIL

      How’s that Kool-Aid tasting, comrade?

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