Shortly after General Motors announced its decision to finish the assembly work at two car-producing US factories, Tesla CEO Elon Musk moved the possibility of a Silicon Valley rescue from either Detroit-Hamtramck or Lordstown Assembly.
Conversations between GM and Tesla occurred, it turns out, but GM's CEO Mary Barra does not seem to like much of the chances of dismissed employees finding salvation in a Tesla intervention.
Speaking at an investor's conference Friday, Sade Barra where had been a dialogue between the two automakers over the use of GM's soon-to-mothballed plants. But the strong presence of the American car workers in the rust belt – a union musk deserves openly – apparently broke the prisoners.
"There have been conversations in the past," said Barra according to USA Today . "But Tesla is not interested in our staff represented by the UAW, so it's really a cruel point."
Musk does not make words when talking about UAW. Tesla co-founder blames the union for GM's historic case and bankruptcy period's bankruptcy; Meanwhile, Tesla workers for the union of Fremont's labor claim that the CEO will do anything to keep UAW's hands off his factory. Musk counts with the argument that, with the right pay and working conditions, no worker would want a union membership.
In an interview from 60 minutes in early December, Musk said about GM's plants: "It is possible that we would be interested. If they were to sell a plant or not use it then we would take it over. "
Earlier, GM announced that it was part of a stream of streamlining, that six car models were discontinued (Chevrolet Impala, Cruze and Volt, Buick LaCrosse, Cadillac XTS and CT6) and the closure of the three plants that built them . The plants will be dark by the end of 2019. According to the Canadian auto-working union Unifor, the automaker has no plans to return the product to Ontario's Oshawa Assembly. For Detroit-Hamtramck and Lordstown, GM has not had much to say about the future of plants.
Whatever the future, Tesla is unlikely to be part of it.