More than 2K Austin employees impacted by Tesla layoffs

Editor’s note: The video above is from KXAN’s April 15, 2024 report.

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Thousands of Tesla employees in Austin have had to scramble to find jobs after recent layoffs.

Earlier this month, KXAN reported that the Austin-based company had laid off more than 10% of its global workforce.

According to the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification letter sent to the Texas Workforce Commission, Tesla laid off 2,688 of its Austin employees.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk detailed the plans in a memo sent to employees.

Musk’s memo said that as Tesla prepares for its next phase of growth, “it is extremely important to examine all aspects of the business to reduce costs and increase productivity,” reported the New York Times and CNBC.

KXAN reached out to Tesla for additional comment but has not yet received a response.

“It’s just crazy”

KXAN spoke with an Austin employee who was laid off. They asked us to hide their identity.

“It’s just crazy. It’s heartbreaking. It’s just a lot to take in in such a short time.

Former Tesla employee

The person said they woke up to an email the morning of April 15 with details about the layoffs.

The email was titled “Tesla Employment Update” and informed some employees that they had been laid off effective immediately.

Tesla employee parking sign
Tesla is laying off 10% of its workforce worldwide, or around 14,000 workers. (KXAN photo)

“Your last day of work will be today, April 14, 2024. Effective immediately, you will no longer need to perform additional work and therefore will no longer have access to Tesla systems and physical locations,” it says. the email forwarded to KXAN.

The employee said he was completely blinded.

“It came out of nowhere. I did not expect that. I thought I was going to get up later today and get ready for work,” the employee said. “I just want to cry.”

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