Tesla Inc. told employees that a California county health official has now signed off on safety measures the company took last week at its auto plant as it restarted production in defiance of the area's shutdown order.
A California employment panel rejected a funding request from Elon Musk's Space Exploration Technologies Corp (SpaceX) after its billionaire founder defied a San Francisco Bay area health order and threatened to move Tesla's headquarters out of the state.
The rebuff comes as Musk has sparred with officials in Alameda County because of his plans to restart production at the Tesla plant there, which was stopped due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis. It's unclear whether the chief executive officer will now follow through on his warnings, which also included shifting the company's manufacturing out of the state.
Gretchen Newsom, one of the labour officials on the panel considering SpaceX's request, moved to deny the motion after raising concerns about wages, job retention and turnover and Musk's recent threats to leave the state.
FREMONT, CA - JULY 26: The Tesla factory in Fremont, California, on Thursday, July 26, 2018. It was not clear if SpaceX intends to move forward with its hiring plan following Friday's rejection.
"Once you are called back, you will no longer be on furlough so if you choose not to work, it may impact your unemployment benefits as determined by your local government agency - and not by Tesla", according to an email from the electric automaker obtained by CNBC.
"While I cannot comment on potential projects, it is clear that Tesla and Tulsa were forged in the same spirit", Bynum said in an emailed statement. "Those that continue to pursue things that put people in harm's risk, you have to have stepped-up efforts of enforcement and sanction". Musk and Alameda County officials eventually reached a deal on the plant reopening. Attracting attention as a new business door for many employees, these factories are selected with the privileges shown by the cities.