• May 21st 2010 at 3:58PM
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Yesterday, Toyota and Tesla announced that the two companies would be collaborating on electric vehicle development. Tesla will be taking over the NUMMI factory in Fremont, California, which was recently closed. Now, the United Auto Workers is urging Toyota to hire union workers to operate the plant, giving jobs back to the people who were rendered unemployed after the NUMMI shutdown.

UAW president Ron Gettelfinger has issued the following statement:
"Our union's hope is that this venture will give first hiring preference to former NUMMI employees who are already trained and highly skilled."
As you'll recall, NUMMI was closed at the beginning of April after the Toyota/General Motors joint venture fizzled, a development that left roughly 4,500 union workers unemployed. Thus, it only makes sense that the UAW would be fighting to reinstate these workers' jobs now that Tesla plans to build its Model S sedan at this facility.

[Source: Reuters | Image: Justin Sullivan/Getty]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      The UAW needs to jog on. When the job descriptions are PUSH BUTTAN MAKE CAR, paying union wages seems hardly justifiable.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Just say no if they're looking to remain unionized. The last thing an entity Tesla's position needs are employees with a history of vehemently refusing to grasp the fundamentals of operating a business. It's a bad precedent upon which to erect the company's culture.
      • 5 Years Ago
      eff the UAW.
      • 5 Years Ago
      DON'T DO IT!!! Just Don't. Unions are obsolete, organized crime syndicates and will suck their companies dry despite their imment destruction. They were great when fighting for equal and fair pay, safe work environments and health care but the Market handles fair pay, the unions haven't done anything for safe work environments (see coal mine disasters and Horizon Oil Rig) and health care... well that's debatable on how you stand with Obama Care.

      Live Better/ Work Harder.
      • 5 Years Ago
      For any union members who truly believe that they've got your best interests at heart, ask yourself these few questions:

      - if you strike, do the union bosses get 'strike pay' too, or do they stay at full salary?
      - ever seen how union offices are decorated? Congrats are in order - the marble and high-end furnishings look great...after all, YOU paid for it.
      - if you've lost your job, what has your union done to get you back to work? Oh yeah, nothing...because they're not making money from your paycheque at the moment.
      - if you've been there for 20 years or more...why haven't you moved up the ladder? Or is it just that much more preferable to stay on the bottom rung with killer seniority, so that you can trump all the 'new guys?'
      • 5 Years Ago
      They have lost a Model S sale if they do.
      • 5 Years Ago
        • 5 Years Ago
        You got it Noonz!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Sure, hire them back....as long as they drop their union membership.

      • 5 Years Ago
      This is the union that called Toyota every name in the book for closing NUMMI. Even if Toyota is prepared to pay them the wages, they probably don't want the union aggravation.

      What about the severance Toyota paid the NUMMI workers? Do they get to keep it if Toyota hires them back.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Another auto maker bail out in the making.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I think this move is a sign that Tesla's real "mojo" has run out. They know that with the intellectual property (product designs) they have, the capital available, their projected costs and their consequential sales that they can't make it.

      The only way they can survive and make the IPO money they dreamed about? Sell Tesla to the US. They don't care if they go broke, in fact the sooner the better, and a union plant in trouble? It's too big to fail.

      I project that a few folk at Tesla have already negotiated the end game and what their cut of the deal is. Tesla will then be able to make those cool electric cars and the US tax payer will subsidize the cost so rich people can afford to buy them. The Tesla execs leave with cash and we get left with another lame duck. On top of that I expect that "to be fair" US officials will restore their previous union benefits.

      Don't worry all of these new jobs will be posted as newly created jobs on the economic recovery scoreboard.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Now the Tesla Roadster will cost $150,000 instead of $100,000.
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