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UAW Fights Toyota US Auto Plant Restart

From the always context-free Associated Press:

A security officer secures a vehicle pass gate at the Toyota plant in Blue Springs, Miss.

Toyota to restart US auto plant, draws UAW ire


June 18, 2010

Toyota’s announcement that it will resume construction of a car factory in Mississippi was a much-needed piece of good news for both the state struggling with persistent unemployment and the automaker trying to recover some goodwill after a recall crisis bruised its reputation.

But the decision drew fire from America’s largest auto union, which accused Toyota of shifting production from a union plant to a nonunion facility.

Toyota promised to hire 2,000 workers at its nearly complete factory in Blue Springs, Mississippi, and start producing Corolla sedans by the end of next year.

How dare the AP call people “workers” who aren’t in a union? Don’t they know that there are rules about such things?

The plant has been on hold since late 2008, when Toyota suspended construction as the economy fell apart and sales of new cars and trucks collapsed in the U.S.

But Toyota’s decision to build Corollas there comes just weeks after announcing the sale of a California plant that also built the compact sedans.

To the United Auto Workers Union, the key difference was the California plant was unionized, while the Mississippi plant — like the rest of Toyota’s U.S. factories — isn’t.

The California plant, called New United Motor Manufacturing Inc., or NUMMI, was a joint venture with General Motors Co. Toyota closed its doors in April after GM pulled out of the venture under bankruptcy protection last year.

So it is actually UAW-owned GM’s fault that Toyota has stopped work on the California plant.

UAW President Bob King pledged to step up efforts to organize nonunion workers at Toyota factories and those run by other foreign automakers in the U.S. King, who was elected to head the union this week, used his acceptance speech on Thursday to accuse Toyota of shifting jobs to a location where it can pay lower, nonunion wages. He also said the move was designed to scare workers at Toyota’s other U.S. factories.

"We’re going to pound on Toyota until they recognize the First Amendment rights of those workers to come into the UAW," King said at the UAW national convention in Detroit.

Mr. King, Constitutional scholar.

King pledged a banner campaign at Toyota dealerships to tell customers that Toyota puts profits before people

Actually, that would seem to be true of the UAW, who are trying to keep people from jobs – unless them pay them their protection fee.

The factory will bring badly needed jobs to Mississippi, where the unemployment rate stood at 10.7 percent in April, the most recent figure available

Remember how paranoid it sounded when we suggested that Mr. Obama’s business partners and campaign financers, the UAW, might have been behind all of those Toyota recalls?

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, June 18th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

6 Responses to “UAW Fights Toyota US Auto Plant Restart”

  1. Right of the People says:

    Being a member of a union is a First Amendment right? Who knew?

    “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” -First Amendment to the United State Constitution.

    Where does it say union anywhere it there? Unless they’re talking about the “redress of grievances” part, unions are good at grievances.

    Isn’t Barry the Impotent going to step in a stop this travesty for his union sycophant buddies?

  2. Yarddog1 says:

    I guess the unions won’t be happy until there are no jobs for them at all.

    It is really quite simple…………………………………………………………..

    Work for a reasonable wage or don’t work.

  3. Rick Caird says:

    It occurs to me that the UAW is threatening to be very tough with Ford. But, since the UAW are part owners of GM and Chrysler, they have a conflict of interest. We can now say the UAW is a public employee union.

    • proreason says:

      Any union that represents government workers should not be allowed to contribute to political candidates. Isn’t that a blatant conflict of interest? If the union contributes, it is reasonable to assume that they won’t fulfill their duties properly when the union’s prefered party is not in power.

  4. JohnMG says:

    …..”We’re going to pound on Toyota until they recognize the First Amendment rights of those workers to come into the UAW…..”

    Or until the criminals in Washington ram through card-check legislation that will do away with the need to pound anything……unless it’s their own ‘pork’.

    I’ve got a better idea. Why not tell the UAW to “pound sand” instead.

  5. mr_bill says:

    Toyota ought to come out and publicly acknowledge that they are shifting away from the unionized plant, precisely for the reasons this article states. Its high time somebody told the anachronistic unions that their reign of sabotaging our industries is over.

    So many liberals bemoan the “big business” decisions to send labor and manufacturing jobs overseas for the sake of “profit.” I just wonder if those same liberals realize that unreasonable union demands have driven businesses to make these decisions. If you can’t at least break even, you have to find a less expensive operating environment or close the business. Business, and indeed all people, function on profit. Nobody would work at a job that cost as much as it paid, business does not work that way either (unless its a government “business”).

    I know, logic is wasted on liberals.

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