CBS News Investigation Reveals Foreign Workers Imported To Construct U.S. Auto Plants
An investigation released by CBS News on Monday found that automakers, including BMW, Mercedes, Volvo, Tesla and Volkswagen, have imported hundreds of Eastern European workers through subcontractors to build manufacturing facilities in the U.S. Collectively, these companies have been given billions of dollars in tax incentives and subsidies to create American jobs. The report notes foreign workers laboring in sweatshop-like conditions seven days a week and being paid far less than American workers would make, on visas that explicitly don’t allow them to do construction work
CBS spoke to Daniel Travancic, a member of the International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers, SMART Local 104 in San Jose, only thirteen miles from Tesla’s Freemont facility:
[Daniel Travancic]: “I have nothing against those men. They work here and, you know, I would do probably the same to provide for my family, but it should go towards our pensions, towards our daughter’s future or sons or, you know, not some other country. I’m angry. Angry. There’s lots of guys out there still looking for work, in the United States. And now we have how many thousands and thousands of Eastern European workers working here and they’re abused to? Who lets this happen?”
In response to the investigation, Mercedes has announced that it is ending its relationship with one of the contractors that provided the foreign workers.