Williams said the UAW is watching Tesla "very closely," but not in an aggressive manner. "We just believe workers ought to have a voice in the workplace, and they ought to have collective bargaining rights," he said, according to USAToday.
The UAW has been interested in getting unionized workers into Fremont for many years, even before the Model S went into production. With the automaker's recently announced accelerated production timetable of 500,000 vehicles a year in 2018 – and the implied workforce growth that will come with that – the number of reasons for the UAW to get interested just got a lot bigger.
Last year, Tesla bought the former UAW hall near the Fremont factory. Tesla declined to comment to USAToday about the issue.