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]