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Tesla Gigafactory Faces Labor Protest, Company Reiterates Commitment To Nevada

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Tesla Gigafactory Faces Labor Protest, Company Reiterates Commitment To Nevada

According to a report by Nevada-based Kolo TV, construction workers are holding a protest on Monday at Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ: TSLA)'s Gigafactory.

Kolo TV noted that workers are on strike and protesting Nevada's tax breaks that are being spent on bringing workers from New Mexico to work at the construction site.

The report added that Nevada's government has provided a $1.4 billion tax incentive to Tesla but trade council representatives are claiming that the legislation was passed "with limited protection for Nevada's construction workers."

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"Nevada's tax dollars should be used to provide jobs for Nevada construction workers not New Mexico construction workers," said Todd Koch, president of the Building and Construction Trades Council of Northern Nevada.

A Tesla spokesperson told the publication, "Today's activity stems from the local Carpenters Union protesting against one of the third party construction contractors that Tesla is using at the Gigafactory. Their issue is not with how Tesla treats its workers. Their issue is that of the many third party contractors that are involved in the construction of the Gigafactory, many are union but the one at issue is not.

"The union is also claiming that this contractor is somehow favoring out of state workers. In reality, more than 50 percent of the workers used by this contractor and more than 75 percent of the entire Gigafactory workforce are Nevada residents, demonstrating the project's strong commitment to Nevada."

Image Credit: By Steve Jurvetson from Menlo Park, USA (The Tesla Gigafactory Construction Tour) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

 

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