FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 19, 2018
Press contact: Press@dreamcorps.us
Yesterday morning, workers in Buffalo, NY launched a union drive at the Tesla solar production facility. Located in the heart of the Rust Belt, the Tesla Gigafactory 2 is a photovoltaic (PV) cellfactory that produces solar roofing tiles, which look like conventional black roof shingles but contain solar cells.
The project was given $750 million in taxpayer funding to build a state-of-the-art solar production facility in Buffalo, and amount that is reportedly 1.5 times the entire budget for the City of Buffalo. At the time of the deal, Gov. Cuomo guaranteed 1,460 “direct manufacturing jobs at the new facility,” according to a press release issued by his office. Western New Yorkers were promised job training programs and “high road” jobs with family-supporting wages, as much as $65,000 per year. After Tesla acquired the Solar City facility, the company advertised job listings for primarily entry-level positions with wages as low as $14 an hour and limited benefits.*
Green For All National Director Michelle Romero issued a statement in response:
"You don't get to suppress workers' rights simply because you're helping the environment; it doesn't work that way. A true green-collar job improves environmental quality and supports working people. The green economy should create pathways out of poverty into great careers with livable wages for hardworking American families. That's the promise Tesla made to New Yorkers when it accepted $750 million in public funds to support its operations. Green For All fully supports the unionizing of Buffalo Tesla workers and holding the company accountable to deliver on its promise."