Ontario, California's Local 495 chapter of the Teamsters union has taken aim at BMW to protest the company's outsourcing of 100 distribution center jobs. Like every large company, BMW is looking for ways to save money in lean times, and laying off unionized workers is an easy way to do that.

Still, it leaves 100 guys, all of whom have been on the job at least 10 years, without a source of income and up against stacks of bills. To protest, Local 495 set up BMWUltimateMisery.com, depicting an evil, flesh-eating 6 Series threatening a family of workers. On the site, the Teamsters have aggregated headlines and videos relating to their plight.

To augment the website, they've started picketing BMW dealerships and posting videos to Vimeo saying why they're angry and what they want done about it. We'll leave that for you to figure out by watching the video after the jump. While this is certainly a well-organized protest, we're going to go out on a limb and guess that BMW's mind remains made up. Video and press release are after the break.

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Teamsters Launch Website About BMW's Mass Layoffs

BMWUltimateMisery.com will educate the public about BMW's plans to outsource jobs after taking bailout loans and making record profits

ONTARIO, Calif., July 14, 2011 -- Today Teamsters Local 495 launched the website www.BMWUltimateMisery.com to provide information about BMW's plan to fire nearly 100 American employees next month. Workers at BMW's parts distribution facility in Ontario, Calif., received notice that their jobs are being outsourced to a third-party company in August, despite having loyally served BMW for decades. Many of the workers have been at BMW for 20 to 30 years.

Despite making record profits and receiving over $3.6 billion in taxpayer bailout loans, the German automobile giant will layoff almost all its union and non-union employees in Ontario later this summer and immediately re-open the facility the very next day with a cheaper, inexperienced work force.

Teamsters Local 495 represents 65 workers at the Ontario parts distribution facility. The workers and their families have been protesting outside BMW dealerships in California, Oregon, Washington, Colorado and Arizona on the weekends.

"BMW would never be allowed to get away with this in Germany," said Bob Lennox, Secretary-Treasurer of Local 495. "Many of these employees have worked there for 10, 20, 30 years. BMW got bailed out with nearly $4 billion in top-secret low-interest federal loans and in exchange, they are mocking America's plant closing laws and destroying working families. They are treating their American workers in a way they would never dare to treat their German employees."

In the U.S., BMW has hired the anti-union law firm Jackson Lewis to execute the layoffs. More information about Jackson Lewis is available on the www.BMWUltimateMisery.com website.

In Germany the website can be accessed at www.KeineFreudeBMW.de.

BMW is America's most popular automaker for luxury-class autos and saw the highest earnings ever in its 95-year history last quarter. BMW had global sales of almost $81 billion in 2010, or about $848,000 per employee, ranking it number 82 on Fortune's Global 500 Companies. BMW also received over $3.6 billion in secret low-interest loans during the 2008-2009 U.S. taxpayer bailout.


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      Toneron
      • 3 Years Ago
      "100 guys, all of whom have been on the job at least 10 years, without a source of income and up against stacks of bills." What makes these 100 guys more special than the rest of us? GO FIND ANOTHER JOB!!!
      Stryyder56
      • 3 Years Ago
      WAAAA!!!! They are taking my high paying non-productive job away!!!! Well the unions are doing themselves in and it is on THEM not the companies they blackmailed into giving huge pay raises and benefits from. The party is over folks............get used to it. That guy looks like he did not miss too many meals........oh yeah he is one of the union organizers who never has to worry about his job..................
      LifeLongCarGuy
      • 3 Years Ago
      "Times are hard?" The Teamsters should give all those workers and their family members a one way ticket to Detroit.
      Brand X
      • 3 Years Ago
      All unions do is cry and complain about how terrible it is. If they don't like their situation, they should consider doing what most other Americans who are productive usually do: find another job, go back to school and learn a new trade or profession, get 2 or 3 jobs, stop buying on credit, live within their means, down size, and or all of the above. Most of all they should shut up because they look like wimpy pansies who can't do anything for themselves.
      LunarSnowStorm
      • 3 Years Ago
      They probally have a bet on how many car makers they can bring to ruins.
      Baron95
      • 3 Years Ago
      Lets see.... Because of union seniority rules I get automatic raises and become harder to fire every year. Therefore I can never leave this job or I'd have to face the fact that my work/skill is only worth about 1/5th as much. Because of union unrealistically rich (for the skills) wages and benefits, BMW is inundated with proposals from outsource companies to do the same job with higher quality for less. Because of unions artificially inflated expectations, Mary and John on the video decides to procreate like rabits and have 8 children, and believe that BMW has an obligation to give them a job for live with a high enough pay so they can send to college as many children as they choose to produce. Because of unions and their false promises to members, Bob, on the video, thought that he was entitled to $50,000/year and now realizes, on his own words, that he is only qualified to make minimum wage. And he is mad at BMW, not the union that lied to him. Here is the reality. BMW is only outsourcing these jobs because unions made it completely impossible for BMW to have union workers do the job. If unions were realistically aiming for slightly better than market wages, slightly better than market benefits, market flexible work rules, in exchange for simplified labor relations, commitment to being competitive, etc, BMW would be foolish to go non-union. BMW has a duty to its owners/shareholders (increased profits) and to its customers (better delivery times, lower costs) to seed the optimum distribution partner. Sadly, in the US, optimum will never mean Union.
      darkness
      • 3 Years Ago
      Whats with this start your own business junk, you know how many empty strip malls are around me and I live in st Charles county Missouri google it, its not just Detroit that's hurting you brainwashed fools.
      diffrunt
      • 3 Years Ago
      Good on you, Beamer!
      David
      • 3 Years Ago
      Good for BMW. I now might consider the BMW X5 M instead of the Porsche Cayenne Turbo.
      Zacarious
      • 3 Years Ago
      On a somewhat off topic comment, can everyone stop with this stupid ass don't drink the kool-aid, you're not drinking the kool-aid, and all other spinoff comments. It makes you sound like an ignorant ****.
      Devin
      • 3 Years Ago
      This video demonstrates exactly what is wrong with unions. One guy says that it's going to be hard to survive on a minimum wage job. If that is all that he's worth, if he cannot get anything else besides a minimum wage job, then that's exactly what he deserves. Another women complains about taking care of her 8 kids on one income. So...WHY THE F DO YOU HAVE 8 KIDS?? It's hard to feel sympathy for someone who looks like they do nothing but lay on their back and churn out children. This is no longer the age where having more children makes sense because many will either die or you need the manual labor for the fields. Only have the number of kids that you can support even through difficult times. It's pretty simple.
      petrolsaveslives
      • 3 Years Ago
      everything thats wrong with america- summed up in this video....count the number of times you hear 'too hard' come out of these people mouths....'its real hard out there, ya kno'.....'its too hard yea'...'finding another job, you know, its so hard'.....'i came to this country expecting a job so i could have 8 kids and now i dont know what im going to do because its just real hard out there'......no ****, its hard, no one promised you lifetime security just because you live in america.....
        quisp13
        • 3 Years Ago
        @petrolsaveslives
        The union workers became complacent and thought they did not have to do any better to keep thier jobs. They were union, that was all they needed. Here is your wake up call, welcome to reality. times are tough everyoine else knows that but you have not had toworry until nowe. (and what are you doign with kids, trying to start a baseballl team? 2 words, BIRTH CONTROL)The best qualified at the lowest cost gets the job. If you are truly the best qualified then you should have no problem getting another but you arent going to get it standing in front of a car dealer whining on tv./
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