• Jun 9, 2010
When Toyota shuttered its NUMMI plant for good at the end of March, over 4,700 workers lost their jobs. The Japanese automaker softened the blow of those lost jobs by forking over $281 million in aid, or about $60,000 for every worker at the plant. Daily Markets now reports that the federal government is stepping in to add a a bit more scratch to help the NUMMI workforce find new work. The $19 million emergency fund cash infusion will be used for training and other support.

Some former NUMMI workers are hoping to again work at the Fremont, California facility if Tesla commits to making the Model S or some other electric vehicle there in the next couple years. Details have been sketchy regarding Toyota's new relationship with Tesla, and whether the plant will be used to produce the vehicle.

[Source: Daily Markets | Image: Justin Sullivan/Getty]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Emergency fund cash infusion? Does the government know the definition of "emergency"?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Really? So years of overinflated union wages and benifits plus $60,000 severance plus unemployment was not enough? They need $19 mil in federal funds too? If this is what losing your job is like, sign me up!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Agreed. I lost my job as a result of the automotive downturn. I had to move to a different industry. No severance. No aide. No training. I did receive unemployment and am very grateful for it.

        What makes these folk so f-ing special?
        • 4 Years Ago
        The union needs to recover the cost of all those picket signs..

        Training for what? If the plant opens, they go back to what they were doing. Are they all becoming dental assistants?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Could we get the open discussion audios from thos meetings, you POST TURTLE President!? What happened to openness, post-partisanship. Hope?
      • 4 Years Ago
      since when are people guranteed their jobs? I thought that's what being flexible and adaptive are mean't for, lazy slobs.
      • 4 Years Ago
      hahaha, this is the reason why it makes me so happy every time I hear about a billionaire evading taxes through some kind of legal loop hole.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Gee, when Tyco Electronics laid us off in Austin and moved the plant to New Jersey, the government didn't help us and we built circuit boards for the government. Nobody cared. What gets me is a year later Tyco sold the plant. They could have done that here and we'd still have a job. Companies don't care about the employees.
      • 4 Years Ago
      If these people want Tesla or Toyota to hire them back, I'm all for it. As long as they give back the 60k.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The question to always ask...

      Nummi workers to get $19M in aid.... FROM WHOM?

      You. that's who, if you pay taxes.

      At this point, with as far in debt and deficit spending, with the un-funded liabilities that the government has been building for decades, and faster every year...

      They are making you, your children, and very likely your grand children into wage-slaves. Me too.

      All of the money they are spending is etherial. Debt. Debt that accrues interest.

      This $19M today is going to cost many times more, if it ever gets paid. If it doesn't get paid, it is because the liability has crushed our economy into default.

      All this for some people who think they were entitled to higher than market wages, more job security than they should have expected, and now that those things have given out, they demand federal money on top of severance.

      What were they going to do if there were someone actually responsible in charge, and who would have said "NO!"? Would they riot like the greeks who are government dependent?

      NO WAY IN HELL IS THIS ACCEPTABLE. THIS IS UNETHICAL, IMMORAL, AND GOVERNMENT SANCTIONED THEFT.

      They may as well have MUGGED the taxpayers, with a government official holding the gun, while the union member searches and takes anything of value that they can find, from you.

      Land of the dependent, and home of the wage slave. That is not the paradigm that heroes have bled and died for.

      Wake up to your own demise in the making.
      • 4 Years Ago
      They don't! just a mere Billion or two in Kentucky's economy in the last 20 years or so, but that doesn't count!
      • 4 Years Ago
      How did GM slip out of this one ?
      Oh, that's right... Gov. support fueled by taxpayers' money.
      • 4 Years Ago
      $19M is a great price for votes if the money isn't yours
      • 4 Years Ago
      Toyota gave those low-lifes all that money so they wouldn't sabotage the cars and plant before it closed down.

      It was just a bribe.

      Tesla will regret the day it allows the UAW into the plant.

      Check out this vid of a NUMMI-UAW meeting that turned into a shouting match :

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cj32Okmz-ho

      By the way, why do ex-NUMMI workers get first crack at the new Tesla jobs ?

      If you can use a wrench or a screwdriver, then you can assemble a car. It's not rocket science.

      New Tesla workers will be re-trained on Tesla equipment and assembly procedures.

      Whatever they learned on a NUMMI assembly line will be useless at a totally new plant.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The stupidity of the comments here never ceases to amaze.

      Read the link for the story, find out what's covered in the 19 mil, it's not what you think, read about who has already been hired.

      Then lets hear about how you feel regarding what tax monies were given out by California and Fremonet over the years, yes, that was your money too. Did hear you complaining then.
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