Tesla CEO Elon Musk accused President Joe Biden of bias towards his electrical automotive firm and stated the present administration seems to be “controlled by unions.”
Requested on the Code Convention in California on Tuesday why he mocked the president in a tweet earlier this month after Biden didn’t acknowledge SpaceX’s completion of its first all-civilian mission, Musk stated Biden is “not the friendliest.”
Musk pointed specifically to an electric vehicle event hosted at the White House last month, to which Tesla — which sells extra electrical vehicles within the US than another auto maker — wasn’t invited.
“Biden held this EV summit — didn’t invite Tesla. Invited GM, Ford, Chrysler, and UAW [United Auto Workers Union]. An EV summit at the White House. Didn’t mention Tesla once, and praised GM and Ford for leading the EV revolution,” Musk stated Tuesday.
Musk added that the Biden administration is a “little biased or something … just not the friendliest administration.”
“Seems to be controlled by unions,” he stated.
After final month’s EV summit snub, a reporter requested White Home press secretary Jen Psaki if Tesla wasn’t invited to the occasion as a result of its workers weren’t unionized.
“These are the three largest employers of the United Auto Workers, so I’ll let you draw your own conclusion.” Psaki stated.
Musk has personally opposed unionization efforts previously. In March the Nationwide Labor Relations Board ordered Musk to take away an anti-union tweet and tasked Tesla with posting a discover addressing the illegal tweet in any respect of its US amenities nationwide.
Within the 2018 tweet, Musk wrote, “Nothing stopping Tesla team at our car plant from voting union. Could do so tmrw if they wanted. But why pay union dues & give up stock options for nothing? Our safety record is 2X better than when plant was UAW & everybody already gets healthcare.”
Tesla appealed the NLRB resolution in April.
Musk has additionally vocally opposed a just lately launched invoice that will give a $4,500 tax incentive to shoppers shopping for electrical automobiles assembled at US amenities with a union.
“This is written by Ford/UAW lobbyists, as they make their electric car in Mexico. Not obvious how this serves American taxpayers,” the Tesla billionaire tweeted, linking to a Bloomberg article about Ford’s manufacturing of its Mustang Mach-E vehicles in Mexico.
Musk’s conflict with the Biden administration over unionization efforts seems to be on the root of different tensions between the enterprise tycoon and the president.
On Sept 19, when SpaceX’s Inspiration4 mission efficiently returned its 4 civilian astronauts to Earth, capping the primary US flight to orbit carrying solely newbie astronauts, Musk defined Biden’s silence by saying “He’s still sleeping.”
And later that very same day, Musk acknowledged a meme that confirmed an alien parasite clamped onto a sufferer’s face wherein the alien was labeled “UAW” and the sufferer “Biden.”
Musk replied, “Seems that way.”