SpaceX CEO Elon Musk announces post-launch news in the press site auditorium of NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida on May 30, 2020, following the launch of the SpaceX Demo-2 mission to the International Space Station. Join the meeting.
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SpaceX has fired at least five employees involved in circulating letters critical of the CEO around the company Elon MuskAccording to an internal email from Gwynne Shotwell, president and COO, and two people familiar with the unnamed company.
According to a copy of the email obtained by CNBC, Shotwell was a company-wide email on Thursday, SpaceX “dismissed many employees involved” and “repeated unsolicited emails to thousands of companies. It covers people and people. “Open letter, first reported The Verge, Was distributed earlier this week. More than 400 SpaceX employees signed the letter in less than a day and a half. Verge reported on Friday..
“We have too much important work to accomplish and we don’t need this kind of excessive activism,” Shotwell wrote.
According to media reports, the letter was addressed to company executives, explaining that the public actions of billionaires were “a source of frequent distractions and confusion” for SpaceX employees.
New York Times First reported SpaceX firing. SpaceX did not immediately respond to CNBC’s request for comment.
Musk is the controlling shareholder of a privately held company, and as of last year his trust owns approximately 78% of SpaceX’s voting shares. The CEO is in the public sphere, especially twitter He provides commentary and updates on SpaceX and his electric vehicle company. Tesla..
Use Twitter for the mask Express yourself by comparing his use of services to “how some people use their hair”“I’m trying to buy a social media company.
During ~ Thursday’s Twitter MeetingFreedom of speech is important to platform users, even if the company is privately owned, like SpaceX.
The internal SpaceX letter also mentions recent allegations of sexual misconduct against Masks. Report by Business Insider last month. Musk reportedly sexually harassed SpaceX flight attendants during a private flight, and the company paid her employees $ 250,000 for her silence.
Shotwell defended musk after allegations of illegal activityWrite an email to an employee when she believes “the claim is false”.
In her email on Thursday, Shotwell said SpaceX’s leadership will ensure a constantly improving work environment that is “better than any other work environment we have ever seen” in her career. I am devoted to that. ” She also emphasized that SpaceX has three launches scheduled “within 37 hours” this weekend and ongoing work to support the International Space Station.
“I apologize for this distraction,” Shotwell said. “Focus on SpaceX’s mission and spend your time at work to do your best.”