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Tesla, Covid-19, Elon Musk, Cal-OSHA & Governor Gavin Newsom
by Pacifica Network
Saturday Jun 27th, 2020 9:59 PM
Carlos Gabriel a Tesla worker and organizer talks about his fight for health and safety at the Fremont Tesla plant where 10,000 to 15,000 workers build Teslas.
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With the Covid-19 pandemic growing again in California, Tesla assembly plant worker Carlos Gabriel talks about why he refused to go back to work and the lack of health and safety protections for Tesla frontline workers.

He also talks about Elon Musk's violation of the Alameda Shelter In Place Order and his threat to terminate workers who are fearful of their immunity issues that would threaten their health and that of their families.

This interview was done by Pacifica correspondent Steve Zeltzer on June, 27, 2020.

Additional media:
'We Need A Safe Workplace! Tesla Worker Carlos Gabriel Speaks Out For Safety In Elon Musk's Tesla Plant
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eGLb61Iy5VQ

Jail Tesla Billionaire Elon Musk & Defend Health & Safety: Workers Speak Out At Tesla Fremont Plant
https://youtu.be/GBB5y5Q6cZI

Elon Musk "He Thinks He Is Above The Law" Rally at Tesla plant
https://youtu.be/rzPl6tm3k7U

Coronavirus: Workers group wants Tesla to give more safety information
https://www.mercurynews.com/2020/06/15/coronavirus-workers-group-to-demand-tesla-give-more-safety-information/

TESLA Employees COVID-Positive, Gov.Newsom Responsible-June 12 Protest In Sacramento
https://patch.com/california/sacramento/calendar/event/20200612/838884/tesla-employees-covid-positive-gov-newsom-responsible

Protesters Outside Fremont Tesla Plant Demand Improved COVID-19 Safety For Workers
https://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2020/06/15/protesters-fremont-tesla-plant-demand-improved-covid-19-safety-workers/

Protesters Outside Tesla Fremont Factory Demand Improved Safety for Workers
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RrZpnX7bQKk

Pacifica Covid Taskforce
Covid, Race & Democracy
https://covidtaskforce.pacifica.org

Production of Labor Video Project
http://www.laborvideo.org

In The Midst of The Pandemic Under CA Governor Newsom
Crisis at Cal/OSHA: Crippling vacancies, no net hiring in six months, 18 months after Gavin Newsom became California Governor
At this point, Cal/OSHA is indistinguishable from Trump’s Fed OSHA in terms of prolonged understaffing, voluntary guidelines over regulatory enforcement, and a very limited number of in-person field inspections.
By Garrett Brown


Cal/OSHA has crippling vacancies in field inspector and leadership positions – in the midst of a continuing pandemic – and there has been no net hiring in all of 2020.

There were 52 vacant field inspector positions in June 2020, for a vacancy rate of 21%. In January 2020, there were 48 vacancies, which rose to 52 in February and has remained constant since then. Democrat Gavin Newsom became Governor in January 2019, but has allowed the state workplace safety agency to twist slowly in the wind while millions of workers are exposed to a surging coronavirus pandemic throughout the state.

Less than a third of the inspectorate are now conducting in-person field enforcement inspections, and there is a backlog of more than 2,000 worker complaints and dozens of employer-reported fatalities, injuries and illnesses. The leadership vacancies have compounded the inability of the agency to respond effectively to either the pandemic or “normal” workplace health and safety hazards.

At this point, Cal/OSHA is indistinguishable from Trump’s Fed OSHA in terms of prolonged understaffing, voluntary guidelines over regulatory enforcement, and a very limited number of in-person field inspections. This is despite the fact that California has an existing, 11-year-old regulation designed precisely to protect health care workers against airborne diseases like COVID-19, and numerous other existing regulations to protect other workers from hazards created by the virus.

The details of Cal/OHSA’s paralysis are as follows:

Inspector vacancies ---
52 Compliance Safety and Health Officer (CSHO) positions are vacant in the 245 CSHO positions for a vacancy rate of 21.2%
Fremont has 7 of 11 CSHO positions vacant (64%)
Santa Ana has 6 of 12 CSHO positions vacant (50%) and no District Manager
San Francisco has 3 of 7 CSHO positions vacant (43%)
Region I (San Francisco Bay Area) has an overall CSHO vacancy rate of 36%
Six CSHO positions have disappeared altogether from the Organization Charts since July 2019

Leadership vacancies ---
There are two vacancies in the six Regional Manager positions: Region III Manager in Santa Ana, and Region VI Manager supervising the High Hazard Unit and Labor Enforcement Task Force (LETF).
There are six District Offices without a District Manager: San Bernardino, Sacramento, Long Beach, LETF/Santa Ana, Santa Ana and Van Nuys.
Region III (San Diego, Santa Ana, San Bernardino) has three of four District Manager positions vacant, and the Regional Manager position is also vacant.
The Mining & Tunneling Unit (Region V) has two of three District Offices with manager vacancies, the training unit manager position is vacant, and the Regional Manager/Principal Safety Engineer position is vacant.

Cal/OSHA has an inspector to worker ratio of one inspector to 99,000 workers – much less health protective than the ratios of Washington State (1 to 25,000) and Oregon (1 to 22,000). California even has fewer workplace health inspectors (193) than the number of California Fish & Game Wardens (250).

In a state where more than an estimated 25% of the 18.5 million workers speak languages other than English, there are only 28 Cal/OSHA field enforcement inspectors certified to speak languages besides English. With no net hiring at Cal/OSHA in 2020, there has been no improvement in the agency’s language capability.

With the vacancy rate for field inspectors at or above 20% for last six months, it is not clear what the Governor is waiting for before implementing a plan to revive and rebuild Cal/OSHA at a time when workplace health and safety issues have become front-page news and a burning concern for millions of Californians.

Garrett Brown
June 26, 2020

https://groups.google.com/d/msgid/protecting-workers/FA505DC6-D643-4D68-8F23-780ABCB282F9%40comcast.net.
DOSH Bilingual Pay Sum Chart - May 28, 2020.pdf
§The Right To Die On The Job
by Pacifica Network
Saturday Jun 27th, 2020 9:59 PM
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Cal-[OSHA which should be protecting workers health and safety is not protecting the safety of workers in California under Governor Newsom who frozen hiring an helped destroy the agency which is billionaire Tesla owner Elon Musk likes.
§Carlos Gabriel At Rally In Front of Oakland Cal-OSHA
by Pacifica Network
Saturday Jun 27th, 2020 9:59 PM
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Workers protested against the failure of Cal-OSHA to protect California workers. The office was shutdown on June 15, 2020.
§Elon Musk's Tesla Plant Has Covered Up Covid-19. Cases
by Pacifica Network
Saturday Jun 27th, 2020 9:59 PM
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Billionaire Elon Musk has been allowed by Governor Newsom's Cal-OSHA to operate with impunity. He flagrantly violated the Shelter In Place law and challenged the police to arrest him. Newsom congratulated him for illegally opening his factor while other small businesses remained closed.
§Musk Parties On While Workers Get Sick
by Pacifica Network
Saturday Jun 27th, 2020 9:59 PM
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Elon Musk who run Tesla like a tin pot dictator has free reign to violate labor laws, health and safety rules and also committ workers comp fraud by covering up serious injuries in the plant. Former governor Brown and Governor Newsom treat Musk as if he is above the law.
§Newsom Refuses To Fund Cal-OSHA To Investigate Workplaces for Covid-19 Safety
by Pacifica Network
Saturday Jun 27th, 2020 9:59 PM
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Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom has refused to fund Cal-OSHA and in the midst a deadly pandemic has put a freeze on new hiring at Cal-OSHA which is supposed. to protect the. 19 million workers in California.
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