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.