Tesla is getting into this with the National Labor Relations Board, but it’s not about cracking down on unions or poor working conditions. Actually wait, that’s what it’s about. But it is also a tweet. All that and more in The morning shift for April 5, 2021.
1st Gear: Elon’s Tweets Must Stay No restrictions
It will always be interesting to see where a company gets on your heels. These are the issues that are important to that business. In Tesla’s case, Elon’s freedom to tweet whatever he wants, driving stock prices into a frenzy, is a vital part of the deal. We know this because Tesla is willing to fight for it, like Reuters reports:
The electric car maker filed a petition Friday with the New Orleans-based United States Court of Appeals to review the decision and order issued by the NLRB on March 25.
In the petition, Tesla asked the court to review the order and grant Tesla “whatever other relief the court deems fair and just.”
Last month, the NRLB directed Tesla to order Musk to remove the tweet and to post an advisory addressing the illegal tweet at all of its facilities across the country and including language that says “WE WILL TAKE appropriate steps to ensure that Musk comply with our directive. “
To be fair, the tweet in question was not a Harambe joke or a Dogecoin push, but Elon claims that Tesla has no need to union-bust as you have a very safe workplace, thank you very much!
2nd Gear: NHTSA is quite active for an organization that owes this whistleblower $ 13.7 million
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration was able to pressure Hyundai and Kia toto recalls and a recent $ 210 million settlement on seized and burning engines. The man responsible was a whistleblower, Kim Gwang-ho. Congress ordered NHTSA to establish a program to pay you for your problems starting in 2015.
How many problems are we talking about here? That’s a good $ 13.7 million, since Wall street journal details:
After making his concerns public, Kim lost his job, was sued by Hyundai for allegedly leaking trade secrets, and police searched his home on the outskirts of Seoul. Now, Mr. Kim said he is not sure when or if he will be compensated for the role he claims to have played in an investigation that led to a record settlement reached by NHTSA with the automaker and sister company. Kia Corp. last year for up to $ 210 million.
“I am hopeful that all these pains and all these difficult days will finally be rewarded,” Kim, 59, said in an interview, through an interpreter.
Kim’s attorneys said they believe his payment would be at least $ 13.7 million, under the formula established by law, and potentially more if the companies paid deferred penalties.
The program mandated by Congress has yet to be established and Kim has yet to receive payment.
3rd Gear: Italian App Controllers Hit In The Most Italian Way Possible
Italy may be the latest battleground for application controller rights, as the Financial times explains in a new report. While America’s current national job crisis revolves around Amazon workers and drivers urinating on bottles, in Italy it’s about speeding tickets, as the FT details:
Last year, Daniele, an external delivery driver for Amazon in Italy, noticed that hundreds of euros in traffic fines were being deducted from his monthly salary of 1,600 euros. But far from being a careless driver, he claimed, his speeding and parking violations had been imposed by the company’s demanding schedule.
“We are hostage to an algorithm that calculates daily routes for us and requires an average of 140 deliveries during an eight-hour shift,” he said during a strike at Castel San Giovanni last week over working conditions at Amazon. He stood in front of a sign that read: “We are people, not packages.”
Amazon Italia rejected the suggestion that the company’s algorithm puts undue pressure on delivery service providers, arguing that all of its workers are beneficiaries of national collective bargaining.
However, Daniele, who declined to give his last name, insisted that workers are expected to “deliver a package every three minutes. Of course, we speed up or park the truck in the driveways, and then the company makes us pay the fines. “
As much as I love the comedy of Italian app drivers demanding that their speeding tickets be covered as a work expense, they are right. Application controllers work for their applications, they work as employees, they make money from their applications like employees do, but they don’t receive the same benefits as employees.
4th Gear: Ford Executives Still Have Pandemic Bonuses
I’m not here to judge whether any Ford executive deserves a bonus after struggling to launch a handful of cars through the pandemic. I’m just here to tell you how much more they’re making, through Automotive News:
Senior executives at Ford Motor Co. met less than a quarter of their performance targets in 2020, up from 54 percent a year earlier, but the automaker’s compensation committee changed the criteria for bonuses on the fly to reward some leaders for their response to the pandemic.
Jim Hackett, who retired as CEO effective October 1, received the largest pandemic bonus: $ 1.26 million. His successor, Jim Farley, received $ 685,330. CEO Bill Ford – whose accomplishments cited in the company’s proxy presentation included being named Industry Leader of the Year by Automotive News – received an additional $ 405,000.
Gear 5: BMW, Volvo and others oppose deepwater mining
I don’t know if seabed mining is the biggest possible problem facing the world today, but it scares the hell out of me. Several companies, including BMW and Volvo, are also opposed to it, as BBC reports:
For years, only environmental groups opposed the idea of digging up metals from the deep sea, but now BMW, Volvo, Google and Samsung are lending their weight to calls for a moratorium on the proposals. behind deep-sea mining plans, who say the practice is more sustainable in the ocean than on land. extract billions of rocks the size of a potato called nodules of the abyssal plains of the oceans several miles deep. Rich in valuable minerals, these nodules have long been prized as the source of a new kind of gold rush that could supply the world economy for centuries.
Reverse: I can’t imagine how this was
Neutral: How are you?
Released from Pesach restrictions, I feel incredible levels of food power rushing through my veins. I will spend today eating a worrying amount of bagels.