Elon Musk criticizes UAW for embezzlement plan

Elon Musk reiterated his view that ununion Tesla employees are better off after a former United Auto Workers official pleaded guilty to siphoning more than $2 million from the leading union.

Timothy Edmunds, the former financial secretary and treasurer of one of the UAW’s Detroit-area offices, was investigating federal charges that he stole the money to cover personal expenses — including gambling, guns and child support.

Musk couldn’t resist firing at his frequent enemy, tweeting that the “UAW slogan” “fights for the right to embezzle money from auto workers!”

“The UAW has stolen millions from workers while Tesla has made many workers millionaires (via stock grants). Subtle but important difference,” Musk added.

The UAW did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Musk’s comments came as the latest blow in a long feud with the UAW, whose officials have frequently targeted Tesla for not having unionized factories. Meanwhile, the Biden administration has forged close ties with the UAW, inviting unionized auto companies like Ford and General Motors to the White House while shunning Tesla.

Earlier this month, Musk called on the UAW to hold a union vote at Tesla’s California manufacturing plant – claiming the compensation for the company’s factory workers was “the highest in the auto industry.”

“I would like to invite the UAW to hold a union vote at will. Tesla won’t do anything to stop them,” Musk said on March 3.

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Elon Musk argues Tesla workers would be treated and paid better without union representation.
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During an online forum Tuesday, UAW President Ray Curry said the union hasn’t had discussions with Musk or Tesla since he issued the challenge. Curry added that Tesla should first deal with ongoing complaints to the National Labor Relations Board — including dropping an appeal of a decision that found it violated federal labor laws.

“That would be a good faith attempt if they were interested in this type of exchange,” Curry said.

UAW isn’t the only company putting pressure on Tesla over its labor prices. 2019 a California judge ruled that Tesla violated labor laws when Musk suggested that workers would lose their stock options if they unionized.

Tesla employees work at the Tesla factory training center in Fremont, California.
Tesla employees work at the Tesla factory training center in Fremont, California.
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In February, the California Department of Equal Employment and Housing sued Tesla over allegations of racial discrimination at its manufacturing facility. Elon Musk criticizes UAW for embezzlement plan


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