Tesla’s California factory workers describe long hours, preventable injuries, and low pay

Tesla CEO Elon Musk likes to describe his gleaming white Fremont, California auto assembly plant as highly automated, with engineers developing robots that will eventually replace human auto assemblers completely. That vision isn’t reality yet, and it’s had to rely on the labor of thousands of human auto workers to get to where it is today. In a new, in-depth report from the Guardian, a group of Tesla factory employees went on the record to describe stressful work conditions, long hour, injuries,…

Before it was sold to Tesla SolarCity quietly cut 3,000 jobs

SolarCity shed a little over 3,000 full-time jobs in 2016, as it geared up for its eventual sale to Tesla, the company said this week in securities filings. California-based SolarCity ended the year with 12,243 full-time employees — a decline of about 19.5 percent — according to its annual report with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Become a Business First subscriber: Click here to see all that you can receive in print and/or online for about $2 per week. The job cuts mark the…