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UAW Wants Uncontested Path To Foreign Label Automakers

August 3, 2010
tags: labor unions, Toyota North Mississippi, United Auto Workers
by Brett

The United Auto Workers, who have been staging protests at Toyota dealerships- mainly in the friendly confides of California and New York, are set to release a new pledge they want foreign label automakers to sign with respect to union organizing.

Simply put, they want the companies to take a hands-off approach to union organizing and let the union come in and talk up UAW without a counter argument from management. Hopefully these companies are laughing at this proposal.

While I am sure UAW would love to get their hands on Nissan, Honda, Hyundai, Kia, etc., their anger right now seems targeted at Toyota for a couple reasons. First, they sense an easy opening with the recall situation. When an entire company is in limbo like that, unions love to jump in and take advantage of the weakness. Second, the UAW is bitter about the closing of the joint GM-Toyota venture in California. Many of those cars produced at that former union plant will now be made at the non-union plant in Blue Springs.

As Toyota- and its suppliers- begin to bring hourly workers on it will be interesting to see what kind of push we get from the UAW. As I’ve said before, lack of union culture in the South is one of the most appealing features to foreign label automakers moving to America. I don’t think Toyota is simply going to give in to the UAW. There is no reason to.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Mississippi Elitist permalink
    August 3, 2010 4:51 pm

    Unions are bound and determined to run this Country of ours in the ground one way or another! All but one of our own automakers are broke because of these idiots and now the only “new” automaker jobs that we have in our Country have a target on there backs.
    I saw the speech given by the latest UAW president and he said that he was going after Toyota. He said they are his number priority.

  2. Stephen Hill permalink
    August 3, 2010 6:24 pm

    Buy Foreign owned made in the USA. Support Mississippians, buy a Toyota.

    • August 3, 2010 6:49 pm

      I proudly drive a made in Mississippi Nissan Titan.

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