Despite federal loans and incentives, when Tesla opened the factory it only fire 20 to 25 ex-union employees per KGO-TV:
" but it's getting criticism for not hiring many former NUMMI employees. The job center estimates Tesla has hired only 20 or 25.
"If you look at that ratio of how many people are being hired, considering that the Federal Government has provided a half a billion dollars for them to operate, I think it's a disservice," said Sal Lopez, a job match manager.
Tesla does appear to have a highly-automated assembly line. A video Tesla posted online shows how bodies are painted in the Fremont facility. Its output is also considerably lower than NUMMI's and that could mean fewer employees.
The emergency federal grant issued Wednesday runs out in September and with 1,400 unemployed workers in Fremont, and 300 more in San Jose still unemployed, the job centers helping NUMMI workers are facing a real challenge "