• Jan 28, 2010
How much Toyota news can you take in one week? Put another way, how much negative press can Toyota absorb? First there was the massive recall, then there was the sales and manufacturing freeze. And now there's this this: The UAW and the Teamsters are planning to rally outside the Japanese Embassy in Washington D.C. and accuse the world's largest automaker of being, "a danger to America."

This might sound like the plot of a James Ellroy novel to some, but here's the interesting/crazy part. The UAW/Teamsters alliance is not protesting ToMoCo because of the manufacturer's gas pedal woes. The two unions are rallying because Toyota is shutting down the New United Motors Manufacturing (NUMMI) assembly plant in Fremont, CA. Here's what the UAW/Teamsters are saying:
[The NUMMI closure] will mean a loss of 5,400 direct jobs and up to 50,000 jobs at suppliers and other supporting businesses. This would be the biggest factory layoff in California since the beginning of the recession. Toyota is also endangering 5,000 middle-class jobs in the car haul industry.
What's a little curious to us is the timing. While the planned protest ostensibly has nothing to do with Gas PedalGate, the timing really is suspicious. Sort of a kick 'em while they're down situation. After all, we've all know about NUMMI's fate for many months. Why this week? Anyone else get the feeling that somewhere, somehow Jimmy Hoffa is smiling?

[Source: Detroit Free Press | Image: Getty]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Throwback 2:16PM (1/28/2010)

      er no. GM is majority owned by the government allegedly on our behalf. How does it feel to own a bankrupt automaker?
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      Thank god they were saved otherwise I might have been forced to buy a Toyota that won't stop or steer.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wasn't NUMMI a joint operation facility with GM or something? Why are they only protesting at Toyota? Man I hate Unions.
        • 4 Years Ago
        GM bailed on NUMMI through the bankruptcy. Toyota is now the owner of NUMMI and is closing it = Union protestesting the broken automaker.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Because GM pulled out of NUMMI. The only thing they were building there was the Pontiac Vibe, which is just a reskinned Matrix anyway.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Manufacturing companies consolidate factories all the time. No company, U.S. or otherwise, factors in human costs when making these decisions. Like it or not, that's the way it is and it will never change.

      Get used to it UAW, this won't be the end of it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Not this again.

      Quite aside from the fact that Toyota does not have any cars to build in this factory during the best of times, they choose to demand the plant stay open even when Toyota isn't building any cars...anywhere.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I like how everyone is smiling in the photo. Doesn't seem like they care about losing jobs. Most of them probably don't even work in the UAW.

      Reporter, "Why are you here?"

      Picketer, "I got a call saying they'd pay me $40 a hour to protest, hell that's more money than I make at Burger King"

      A person there protesting the UAW probably wouldn't last ten minutes until he is beaten down by the UAW paid mob.
      • 4 Years Ago
      yeah right, them damn Teamsters suck, American workers suck, American produucts suck, GM sucks, GM, bad "mk , American workers bad 'mk, GM root of all evil 'mk, no good any of them, all Americans are getting welfare if they are being paid.

      Bad American, bad, bad 'mk.

      They took our jobs, they took, they took our jobs.. took our jobs.
      Those BASTARDS, that looks like Kenny's blood on their hands.

      Ah, Asian, heaven good. So supirior to America in every way; exterminate Ameircans kill yourselves kill yourselves its no use, you are all nothing you welfare bums getting paid for nothing.

      • 4 Years Ago
      I bet those workers in Kentucky who were temp laid off do to the factory line stoppage are eyeing the UAW like a Roast beef sandwich with lettuce tomato and cheese at about right now because they have no representation and no paychecks coming in. All they have is to stay at home or use vacation if they have it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      We GM got to pull out of NUMMI cleanly with no strings attached because of the bankruptcy and since then Toyota has had to pay for the entire factory on it's own and it doesnt make fiscal sense to have it open producing so little cars for them.

      Yet GM is not mentioned once. they are also partially to blame for the the factory shutting down. but since it's hate Toyota week then are neglected.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This is pretty low, even for the UAW
      Their sorry a$$e$ know GM bailed on out of there, without regard for workers jobs, severance, or anything else
      At least Toyota paid your people some benefits, without GM
      No Pontiac, No Pontiac Vibes, means partnership

      Go picket GM, and ask them to carry their share of the NUMMI bill

      Stop acting like low-life vultures!
      Rusty
      • 4 Years Ago
      I fail to see how a rally will force Toyota to keep the factory open. What a giant waste of time. But then, it IS the UAW we're talking about here...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Oh Christ, the UAW and Teamsters are united? I didn't know that until just now.

      No wonder the United Auto Workers management is so corrupt and screwed-up.

      Does this mean that the Teamsters have some control in the management of General Motors? I mean, since it's majority owned by the UAW.
        • 4 Years Ago
        er no. GM is majority owned by the government allegedly on our behalf. How does it feel to own a bankrupt automaker?
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Throwback,
        Maybe not as bad as it feels to have two banks that your tax money bailed out, cut your equity loan, close your personal line of credit and raise your interest rate to "loan-shark" levels. So...uh no, not really feeling the bankrupt automaker yet.

        • 4 Years Ago
        @throwback

        It feels pretty good to me as an alternative to wallowing in the sea of economic despair rolling gently amongst the toppled dominoes which would have followed our letting them go under.
        Frankly I am not worried about those few tens of billions compared to the potential trillions upon trillions upon trillions it could have cost us in the long term.
        But eventually short-sighted souls such as yourself will probably convince a majority of people to forget that because it is anti-climactic when you do actually stave off a serious threat.
        In the end you will just say it never would have happened. Even though Ford itself said it too would have to go BK if the government hadn't stepped in when it did to help Chrysler and GM. You will just point your finger at the current problem like it is the worst thing that could have happened... which is so far from the truth it is laughable if it didn't make me want to cry just a little.
      Mike
      • 4 Years Ago
      Why are the workers so happy while carrying the signs?
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