A recently leaked email from Tesla CEO Elon Musk says the Model S/X production line in Fremont, California will be closed for 18 days. The hypothesized reason for this may lie in making improvements to increase productivity for Model S/X production line, as well as to attract factory workers to help with the production and delivery of Model 3/Y at the end of the quarter.
In an email titled ‘S/X Holiday Shutdown,’ Musk wrote that workers will get seven days of paid holidays and can get two days of paid time off. The rest of the production stoppage days are unpaid, but the company will provide earning opportunities.
"Dec. 23rd - last day of work before shutdown
Dec. 24th-25th - Paid holidays *
Dec. 28th-30th - Unpaid time off (may use PTO **), support deliveries or other shops.
Dec. 31st-Jan. 1st - Paid Holiday *
Jan. 4th - 8th - Paid time off (40 hours)
Jan. 11th - return to work"
However, everyone can get paid hours with support in other shops and quarterly deliveries. Musk wrote:
"There will also be limited paid opportunities for you to support other shops or volunteer for deliveries during some of this time."
This measure is very justified since the labor force for the production and delivery of Model 3/Y is critical at the moment. In an internal email from December 11, Musk wrote that Tesla has a very large number of orders, and all the efforts of the company and its employees should now be aimed at increasing production. That is why additional workers in other shops and assistance with deliveries are relevant.
"We are fortunate to have the high-class problem of demand being quite a bit higher than production this quarter.
To ensure that we have the best possible outcome and earn the trust of the customers and investors who have placed their faith and hard-earned money with us, we need to increase production for the remainder of the quarter as much as possible."
In addition, Tesla can take advantage of this time to reorganize the production line for Model S/X production and increase its productivity.
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