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Thursday
May202010

Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada workers seek union representation

After failed attempts at unionizing, it appears that the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers union is one step closer to representing workers at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada's facilities in Cambridge and Woodstock, Ontario.

The IAM union, which represents more than 700,000 active and retired members in North America, is doing something the Canadian Auto Workers union has been unable to do; generate enough support for unionization at a Toyota facility in Canada.

This is not the first time the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers has been in talks with TMMC plant workers. In September 2007 and April 2008 the union attempted a drive but according to The IAM, Toyota Canada's hiring blitz made it impossible to determine the correct number of cards required to file a vote.

"What makes this different now is the enormous renewed interest by Toyota Team Members in becoming members of the IAM and having a union contract," said IAM District 140 Organizer Ian Morland. "These are hard working people who take tremendous pride in the quality product they produced here but they also want to protect their future and they're aware of the difference a collective agreement can make in their lives."

Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada produces the Toyota Corolla, Matrix, RAV4 and the Lexus RX 350, the only Lexus built outside of Japan.

[Source: Marketwire.com]

Reader Comments (9)

Say goodbye to Toyota plants in Ontario if this goes through.
May 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPat
Rising dollar, union, unsused American capacity...careful Canadian Toyota Team Members you just might be voting yourselves out of a job. The 'Trucks of Midnight' may be visiting your plant for a cross border(s) run.
May 20, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterckernzie
Big mistake. I'm sure they're being paid more than enough. Why would you want to emulate the unfortunate path of GM, Ford, and Chrysler? We all saw how close they came to self-destruction last year.
May 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterArthur
Well all three of above no wonder this country is in the state it is you are all panzies grow some balls,and I mean some BIG ones, Its people like you that make it shitty for the rest of us , if they are going to close a plant they will wether you like it or not, I have learned that the hard way myself, the place I work for our contract is up and I know how I'm voteing, and so are the rest of my brothers and sister " NO" they can't do the job by themselves I would like to see them try to. Look at GM with the truck plant the best production numbers in the north americas and they close it, so dont tell or scare people to thinking that if they dont vote the way you want then the will lose their jobs, get a life and GROW SOME BIG BALLS.
May 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterME
Wow Me! Some union moron sure has you brqainwashed....just like all of your "brothers and sisters"!!!! It is outrageous demands by overpowered, outdated unions that have brought this economic situation we are in. Do you think that Government Motors would have closed the truck plant, the top rated plant it had, it if was viable to keep it going? Growing balls has nothing o do with it. I would suggest growing some brain cells, finish elementary school, and learn to think on your own. Unions only exist for those of you unable to do so. It does not protect jobs, it does not guarantee wages or benefits. What your union does guarantee for you though, keep demaqnding more, because it is your right to do so, and the only guarantee you will have is E.I
Wake up and learn to think for yourself. Union is only in it for huge profits for themselves, not for you. The more they get you, guess what? THE MORE THEY GET!!! That is all that matters. Brain cells over balls!
May 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPat
Well PAT first things first LEARN TO TYPE, and I do have a brain and its not in the end of my dick,I agree some unions all they want is money and really don't care about the people, the union I work with does not want a big money deal this contract this time they want JOB SECURITY for us and to be honest with you thats all I want and thats all I'm voting for,a FAIR , HONEST, DEAL, no 10 dollar an hour raise because I and the rest of us know in these times IT JUST WONT HAPPEN , and when will you WAKE UP and learn that most companies all it is about how much PROFIT they make, they really don't care about you ,you are just a number to them, and a expendable one at that.
May 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterME
If this union thing goes through,I suspect Toyota workers will start building the same crap as the so called "big three" A sad day
Sep 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDave
Me... Your r a brainwashed spoiled brat like all the other pro union mooks. What in life entitles you or any one to a contract unless an employer wants to offer one? How about show up to work every day, do an honest days work and appreciate the fact you have a job, and u will always have a job untill your employer can no longer afford to due bizz. Quit whinning to people that all u want is this and that but no money... I bet u 10 to 1 that there is some kind of monetary issue included in the contract u speak of, there always is even though minimal. That way your union gets more money from your dues, for they are calculated by % of wages they secure. If Toyota was treating them bad I would have compasion for their plight, but I have a friend who works there in Woodstock as a lead hand and makes 36 bucks an hour! Plus the most amassing benifits and perks one could imagine. That being said... Shame on u workers of Toyota Canada ! You have had it so good and e about to vote it all away. Shame.
Nov 20, 2012 | Unregistered Commenteranti-me
I'm just another unsatisfied CAW member. High union dues for low representation. The Union is just another extension of your Government Officials - quick to take your money while offering minimal in return. Of course they want your dues - can't pay their fat ass salaries with out it. Anyone thinking the Union is their salvation should give their head a shake and come back to reality - and demand the dicks collecting the 100K SALARIES sitting at the local to do the same - and get a real job! Calculate your potential yearly dues and drop it into a RRSP - you'll be further ahead.
Not Proud to be Union - but don't have a choice yet - I'd even vote Hudak
Mike 39
Feb 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMike 39

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