In an email to employees, Tesla has taken several economic steps to deal with the unprecedented crisis triggered by the coronavirus epidemic. A "shared sacrifice" will have to be made by all those working for the automaker. On the program, the firm co-founded by Elon Musk will use holidays and a reduction in wages of up to 30%.
Wage reduction from April 13
In his letter to which our colleaguesElectrek Tesla may have planned, April 13 has scheduled the effective date for the cut in wages. Inevitably, not all workers will be housed in the same boat. Executives and superiors will see their pay drop by 30%, when administrators experience a drop of 20%, and all other employees have a drop of 10%.
Tesla also uses leave for its employees, while its factories are currently closed and out of production. The firm wants to be reassuring, by affirming that these people remain "Tesla employees". Normally, their unemployment benefits will be equivalent to their salary level. Ditto for health coverage.
In the rest of his letter, Tesla wants to warn employees who would not feel well in the presence of symptoms close to those generally observed in people with COVID-19. "As usual, for those on site, if you are sick or uncomfortable coming to work, please contact your manager and stay at home. We respect your decision and you will not be penalized ” Tesla writes.
Back to normal in early May?
As a reminder, Tesla has reallocated part of its activity towards the manufacture of respirators for hospitals. In New York State, the firm uses elements from Model 3, such as the infotainment screen or pressure sensors. A video was published by an employee of the brand, and available on YouTube below.
Otherwise, Tesla did not reconsider his remarks about a return to normal. On May 4, the firm still wants to reclaim its premises such as the Fremont factory, which closed its doors several weeks ago. "We plan to resume normal production at our US facilities on May 4, unless there are significant changes"said Valerie Capers Workman, director of human relations at Tesla.