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Tesla Construction Workers Describe Exploitative, Dangerous Conditions at Texas Site

HeadlineNov 16, 2022

Construction workers at a Tesla auto “gigafactory” in Austin, Texas, filed a complaint with the Department of Labor Tuesday over unsafe working conditions and wage theft. One whistleblower said their employer provided fake credentials in lieu of giving workers essential training about the job. Others say they were not compensated at all or did not receive earned overtime. A worker simply identified as “Victor” told The Guardian he and his colleagues were ordered to keep working in a flooded area that was covered in live wiring, prompting Victor to tell his wife, “I’m going to die in this factory.” Other locations of Elon Musk’s Tesla factories have been repeatedly cited for worker rights violations and hazardous conditions.

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