Elon Musk Disappointed: Trade Union Has Clear Hold on White House, Controls Biden's EV Policy

Eva Fox by Eva Fox September 29, 2021

Elon Musk Disappointed: Trade Union Has Clear Hold on White House, Controls Biden's EV Policy

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While many voted for Joe Biden because of his commitment to electrifying transport and fighting climate change, after taking office, he only has supported companies that work with unions, completely ignoring the achievements and contributions of others manufacturers. Such a policy is unfriendly, to say the least, which was highlighted by Tesla CEO Elon Musk during the 2021 Code Conference. 

Speaking at the conference, Musk was critical of the White House summit on electric vehicles in August to which automakers other than Tesla were invited. "(They) didn't mention Tesla once and praised GM and Ford for leading the EV revolution. Does that sound maybe a little biased?" he said. "Not the friendliest administration, seems to be controlled by unions," Musk added.

In his campaign, Joe Biden emphasized the electrification of America and the fight against climate change, however he forgot to mention that all his actions in this direction will have a direct impact of trade unions. In practice, it turned out that he and his administration do not care about the achievements of individual companies, which really make America a great country, while the most important criterion of support is only whether the companies allows its employees to join a union.

If you look at the situation with absolutely no bias, it becomes clear that something is wrong here. Americans are free people and they themselves have the right to decide which employer to work for and under what conditions. If a company creates poor working conditions for employees, then they have the right to quit and find a job that suits them better. If everything suits them fine, then he/she can work and develop, benefiting themselves and others.

In the United States, there are companies at which employees can belong to trade unions and companies that categorically do not want to cooperate with them. Tesla is one of those who have refused any interaction with unions. Of course, there are many thoughtful reasons for this, nevertheless, it does not matter, since the manufacturer can simply exercise its right of free choice and not be persecuted and considered unequal for it. But, in practice, everything turned out to be completely different.

Tesla and other of Elon Musk's companies are deservedly some of the most disruptive companies in the world, as they disrupt several of the most important areas for humanity at the same time. His companies not only bring financial benefits to the U.S. but also make the country a leader in many key industries while improving the climate situation on Earth and bringing extremely high benefits to all of humanity. But the Biden administration has not sufficiently acknowledged these merits, at least in order to simply express the due respect they deserve. In fact, instead, the administration completely disregards any and all of Tesla’s merits—and what’s more, it decreases incentives for the purchase of electric vehicles via Tesla compared to other, union-affiliated manufacturers.

Since Biden is so "keen" on electrifying the U.S., it would be reasonable to assume that partnering with the American manufacturer, whose cars are the most American-made (on the 2021 index) and the most popular worldwide, is a logical step. However, in practice we see the opposite: frank neglect.

In August, Biden signed an executive order aimed at making half of all new cars sold in 2030 electric. General Motors, Ford, and Stellantis were invited to the special ceremony for the occasion, while Tesla received no invitation. Moreover, when the White House press secretary Jen Psaki was asked whether Tesla's unwillingness to join the union was the reason that it was not invited, the people of America, in his opinion, deserved to receive only a ridiculous answer: "I'll let you draw your own conclusion."

United Auto Workers (UAW) also happened to be a gala guest at the White House, on electric vehicles. In fact, General, Ford, and Stellantis are the largest employers of UAW, with about 150,000 members. Everything points only to how deep the influence of UAW on the current administration is. It is worth noting, UAW is an organization whose former president was sentenced to 28 months in jail for embezzling union funds. Yet despite this, it seems the union continues to have an especially significant influence on the White House, driving its actions to the point of absurdity.

Despite the fact that Tesla is not a union member, the manufacturer has tens of thousands of workers in the U.S. alone. All employees have good working conditions, decent wages, and the opportunity to develop in one of the most important companies of our time. Tesla is one of the most coveted places to work in the world, which is the best metric for how well a company treats its employees.

Tesla's mission is to accelerate the transition of the world to renewable energy, and it always holds true to this critical goal. The company is the only U.S. manufacturer that is genuinely committed to electrifying transportation and reducing the impact of the oil and gas industry on the quality of life for people around the world.

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