• May 9, 2011
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The Toyota Tundra plant in San Antonio, TX has been hit by parts shortages as a result of the March 11 earthquake. The plant will be shut down on Mondays and Fridays, and production will be at only 50 percent the other three days of the week.

Luckily for the facility's 2,800 workers, Toyota plans to pay its employees even when the plant is down, but there's a caveat. The workers will need to either sign up for training or build homes for Habitat for Humanity if they want to collect a full paycheck. If the workers don't feel like taking Toyota up on either offer, the employee will be able to take an unpaid leave.

The move runs counter to one made by Honda, which recently announced part-time plant schedules in North America between May 9 and July 1. Honda workers will have the choice of doing training if they wish, or they can stay home and get paid anyway.

Local television station KENS5 reports that Toyota is taking this step because it believes that Habitat for Humanity work is all about giving back, respecting people and constantly improving. It's hard to argue that point, and we're sure the local community is more than thrilled with Toyota's decision. What's more, we're guessing workers will be very happy that the paychecks will continue to come in, in spite of the considerable supply woes the automaker faces.


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      DrEvil
      • 3 Years Ago
      Understandable, at the rate those things sell, I'm sure they've got plenty of time on their hands.
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        Renaurd
        • 3 Years Ago
        You can tell by the number of thumbs down that Toyota has "some" of those workers manning the boards going after "GM positive" post. The ignorance of these people is astounding.
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      Dave
      • 3 Years Ago
      Are they going to haul the materials for these homes and the workers to the sites in Toyota Tundra pickups? I don't forsee a lot of houses getting completed if that's the case.
      amerifight
      • 3 Years Ago
      Thats nice of them.....If you can't build pickups anyone wants why not build PR. hahahah
      Dave
      • 3 Years Ago
      So we can expect large tracts of Habitat For Humanity homes? After they build the three trucks they are going to sell for 2012 then what, they build houses for the other 363 days of the year?
      Rotation
      • 3 Years Ago
      We're in the middle of a recession due to lack of demand for housing and thus out of work construction workers and Toyota is bragging they are going to put some free labor into the construction market to build even more houses. I don't get it.
        jtav2002
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Rotation
        Are the out of work construction works helping out Habitat for Humanity? And you obviously you don't get it if you're comparing normal new home construction to the work done and people served by Habitat Humanity.
      Zoom
      • 3 Years Ago
      Toyota has a history of keeping workers who aren't building vehicles 1. paid and 2. productive. They get it.
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        Logan Wild
        • 3 Years Ago
        Hey Bubba your as American as Wal-Mart! I'm sure everything you own is made in America to and the gas you put in your american car is america gas...
        EG
        • 3 Years Ago
        GM with their quality all-american, ahem, i mean mexican parts. Many foreign owned vehicle companies use more american parts than "american" vehicle companies.
      S C
      • 3 Years Ago
      Well, it seems that Toyota has finally figured out how to balance their production schedule with demand for their trucks.
      Drew
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is pretty much awesome of Toyota. Habitat is a great organization.
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        Dave
        • 3 Years Ago
        They are gonig to work straight time instead of the two hours of overtime three shifts per day they have been working for the last 15 months.
        Renaurd
        • 3 Years Ago
        Don't worry about what GM employees are going to do, you had best look out for yourself.
      Executorr485
      • 3 Years Ago
      Great PR move for Toyota, and a big help to the local community. Very awesome!
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