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Tesla is quickly becoming one of the coolest places to work. After an employee spoke out about working conditions in a Medium post, Elon Musk sent out an email detailing his vision for company fun – including free frozen yogurt stands and an electric pod car roller coaster . Tesla employee Jose Moran penned a post titled Time for Tesla to Listen earlier this month, calling out the electric car company for 60-70 hour work weeks and hourly wages lower than those earned by average automotive workers. He said many employees were exploring unionizing, and had contacted the labor union United Auto Workers (UAW). Moran said he believes in Tesla’s vision, but wants to make the company better. Related: Tesla just announced plans to build up to five Gigafactories In response, Musk sent out a company-wide email. He said he was distraught at the mention of the UAW, because in Musk’s view the union favors large car companies and doesn’t share Tesla’s mission. He also accused UAW of employing disingenuous tactics. Musk said Tesla awards employees shares and offers the opportunity to buy stock at lower prices than the public, in contrast to other car companies. Regarding work hours, Musk pointed to changes to reduce overtime hours such as the addition of a third shift. Of course, an average Tesla worker’s week is still slightly longer than 40 hours at 43 hours a week. He also looked ahead to changes that can be enacted when Tesla becomes profitable. When the Model 3 attains volume production, the company will host what Musk described as a really amazing party. But a fancy shindig isn’t all Tesla employees can look forward to; Musk said in the email, “There will also be little things that come along like free frozen yogurt stands scattered around the factory and my personal favorite: a Tesla electric pod car roller coaster (with an optional loop the loop route, of course!) that will allow fast and fun travel throughout our Fremont campus, dipping in and out of the factory and connecting all the parking lots. It’s going to get crazy good.” Via TechCrunch Images via Austin Kirk on Flickr and OnInnovation on Flickr
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Companies are caught in the middle when it comes to ensuring decent working conditions and protecting their reputations.
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Comments Off on Ecouterre’s Year in Shame — Vote for the Most Deplorable Story of 2012
From environmental crimes caused by toxic pollution to the mounting human cost of cheap fashion , 2012 featured some serious lowlights. Over at Ecouterre, we’ve rounded up seven stories we’d sooner forget ever happened, beginning with the factory fire in Bangladesh that claimed the lives of at least 112 garment workers in November (pictured above). Click through to see them all and cast your vote for the year’s worst. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Adidas , Bangladesh Fire , ecouterre , factory fire , forever 21 , Greenpeace , h&m , olympic uniforms , Pakistan , poverty pay , PUMA , sweatshops , textile factory , toxic chemicals , working conditions , WTF stories
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Comments Off on Activists Stage Flash “Faint-Ins” at Clothing Stores in Europe to Protest Sweatshop Conditions
Cheap fashion often comes at a high price for the sweatshop workers who create the garments, which is why activists from the Clean Clothes Campaign took to clothing stores throughout Europe last week and staged “faint-ins.” Appearing to pass out on the floors of Zara, H&M and the Gap, members of the campaign sought to highlight instances of mass fainting in sweatshops in Cambodia. In just two days last month at least 284 employees collapsed at a the M&V International Manufacturing in Kompong Chhang province. Workers in the Southeast Asian nation are regularly exposed to unsafe working conditions, experiencing poverty pay and malnutrition as they produce the ever-popular garments. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: cheap fashion , clean clothes campaign , corporate responsibility , eco-fashion , gap clothing , garment industry , h&m , social responsibility , sweatshop labor , working conditions , Zara