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Tman2
02-28-2005, 01:29 AM
Taken from <A HREF="http://www.thecarconnection.com" TARGET="_blank">http://www.thecarconnection.com</A><p>UAW to Try Organizing Toyota Again<br>New attempts to unionize transplants could be coming.<br>by Joseph Szczesny (2005-02-28)<p>The United Auto Workers is prepared to mount a new organizing campaign at Toyota's big assembly complex in Georgetown, Kentucky. The new campaign will be built around a cadre of pro-union workers already employed inside the Georgetown plant, UAW officials confirmed privately last week.<p>The pro-union workers have remained in touch with the UAW and the union is discussing some new tactics that could both enhance the union's reputation and get around the resistance of Toyota 's local management to any kind of local organizing effort.<p>The UAW mounted an organizing effort in 2002-03 but called it off after getting nearly half the workers to sign cards calling for a union representation election. The union called off the drive after concluding that it did not yet have sufficient support to win an election supervised by the National Labor Relations Board over the active opposition of Toyota's management.<p>The union, however, never completely dismantled its organizing effort and workers from the Ford Motor Co. assembly plant in Louisville, Kentucky, who belong to United Auto Workers Local 862 have been actively cultivating ties with the Toyota employees in Georgetown.<p>Union officials also has new concluded that the pro-union forces have been given a boost by a couple of issues at Georgetown, such as the use and treatment of temporary employees and the toll of ergonomic-related injuries to revive the drive, union sources said privately.<p>The organizing drive was given another lift last week when Nissan, another major foe of the UAW, announced it was moving some work from Tennessee to India. Nissan insisted no workers would be displaced by the move but the announcement only underscored the insecurity that has begun to take root inside the non-union auto plants in the United States.<p>The union, however, has not said whether it plans to revive its organizing campaign at the Nissan complex in Tennessee where it also has maintained contacts with pro-union workers over the last several years and fought, successfully, to get some reinstated after a failed organizing drive in 2001.<p>The UAW strategists noted that the Japanese have employed a no-layoff pledge since they opened their first plant in the United States more than twenty years ago. The Japanese transplants are also under intense competitive pressure, however, and it is becoming more and more costly to maintain the no-layoff pledge, which is why the use of temporary employees has grown steadily, union strategists note.<p>For the UAW, cracking the non-union transplants is becoming a more critical issues as the Japanese steadily increase their market share in the U.S.<p>Meanwhile, Toyota executives indicated the Japanese auto giant will open two more assembly plants in North America in an effort to secure a bigger share of the world's biggest auto market.<p>Toyota is expected to announce the site of its seventh assembly plant in North America by the end of the year. "More plants will be necessary for us to expand our sales," said Tomomi Imai, manager of the automaker's international communications department. Sites in Ontario, Canada, apparently have moved to the top of Toyota 's list of potential locations, according to reports circulating last week.<p>

Tman2
02-28-2005, 01:42 AM
At the risk of sounding harsh, this is more and more reason for me to hate unions with a passion. I've been a member of a union, and I've seen first hand, the outrageous demands of unions. Unions were first formed to protect workers from being taken advantage of by management. Companies like Toyota treat their employees very well, I would be glad to work for Toyota if they had more opportunities in the westcoast. <br>Unions are part of the reason the Big Three are not as competitive as they could be. Union people whine about job security and disciplinary protocols to the point that management has to keep lazy, problematic workers as to prevent problems with union lawyers. <br>How much do I hate unions? I'd sooner buy domestic than sympathize with any union's demands. Having said that, I don't think every member of the union are bad at all, its just the individuals most adamant about organizing a union are the ones most problematic ones.<br>

Naga Royal Guard
02-28-2005, 08:08 AM
unions!

62Lincoln
02-28-2005, 08:24 AM
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Naga Royal Guard
02-28-2005, 08:49 AM
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bolita
02-28-2005, 11:58 AM
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anonms
02-28-2005, 07:55 PM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Tman2</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Companies like Toyota treat their employees very well, I would be glad to work for Toyota if they had more opportunities in the westcoast. </TD></TR></TABLE><p>Oh. You don't live near NUMMI?

Tman2
03-02-2005, 03:48 AM
Vancouver, BC... We have a Toyota plant that makes aluminum mag wheels for worldwide distribution.