• May 25th 2010 at 1:29PM
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When NUMMI closed its doors, 4,700 employees were left stranded without a job. Then, Toyota and Tesla stunned the auto industry with the announced partnership that would bring vehicle assembly back to NUMMI, this time for an electric vehicle project that will benefit both companies. So the natural question, one that's been asked several times already is: what's to become of those former NUMMI employees?

Tesla CEO Elon Musk began answering the question during a California public radio program called "Which Way L.A.?" As Musk told listeners, "It is always easier to hire from the neighborhood" and that "hiring former HUMMI workers is a priority for us." While Tesla only anticipates the need for about 1,000 workers at the NUMMI plant in the next few years, it's feasible that up to 5,000 could be employed there in the future. That number can give hope to many of the ex-NUMMI workers, but it doesn't answer lingering concerns from the UAW regarding the union status of the facility.

[Source: Green Car Advisor]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      You guys should listen to this. Def worth the dollar...

      http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/403/nummi
        • 5 Years Ago
        Great report...

        I must now watch Gung Ho (Micheal Keaton 1986)

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        I actually feel better if Tesla hires former NUMMI workers, even if they are UAW. The were a shining example of quality over quantity. Exactly what Tesla needs for the Model S.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I wonder if Elon will personally interview each one of them like he does the rest of his employees...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Yeah they need the UAW there. That will really fix things up.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Always look for the union label!
      harlanx6
      • 5 Years Ago
      Skilled employess will be a real assett, but they need to keep the union out of there, and just use modern personel management techniques and treat the employees fairly. The UAW has proven to be baaaad news.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I think he is fishing for government loans, tax-breaks, subsidies, etc.
        • 5 Years Ago
        "And what's wrong with that?"

        It's easy to tell what generation you are from when holding out your hand for the government to put something in is perfectly normal......
        • 5 Years Ago
        And what's wrong with that?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Actually I'm a small business owner who is pro business, anti-union, and never took one cent of government cheese in my life........
        • 5 Years Ago
        Ahhh, it makes sense now.

        Yeah, small business owners have a different attitude because they're used to getting shafted all day long by local/federal government... meanwhile the wal-mart across the street gets a few million dollars in incentives to build a superstore right across the street from you. Crap like that.

        I dunno. It's not like the old days where you create your own wealth and gradually do bigger things over time. For large businesses ( especially green ones that won't be profitable for some time ), this seems to be the norm nowadays.

        Kinda sad. I think Tesla is actually worth investing in now that they are under Toyota's wing though. They seemed like a money sink beforehand..
        • 5 Years Ago
        Well then you're a horrible judge of character.
        • 5 Years Ago
        You're so smart. I bet you know it all, don't you?
        The tax cuts are a normal part of doing business. No one ever want to pay more taxes than necessary. If there are government incentives to create jobs and make product affordable, why wouldn't a company take advantage of that? I assume since you didn't know that, you have never owned a business. You probably are part of an union. You must feel high and mighty knowing everything, huh mister.
        Oh, I'm 42 and have never asked for a thing in my life from the government. Aren't you so smart?
      • 5 Years Ago
      RIP Model S.
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