Volkswagen isn't the only automaker with high-profile unionization efforts afoot at one of its North American factories. Unifor, Canada's largest private-sector union, is attempting to organize Toyota's factories in Ontario, reports Reuters. A vote was originally set for next week, but Unifor has apparently found more workers eligible to vote, delaying the proceedings. It hasn't rescheduled the ballot yet, but claims there are 7,500 employees with the right to vote, with over 3,000 having already signed union cards.

Toyota is pushing against organizing, saying that workers already have a payment and benefits near the top of the industry, and noting that it has never laid off a permanent employee in Canada. Unifor has reportedly countered by saying that about a quarter of the workforce is operating under a temporary contract, which receives lower benefits.

The automaker has three factories in Ontario – two in Cambridge and one in Woodstock. To form a union, a majority of eligible employees must vote to join Unifor. If successful, they would be the first wholly owned Toyota plants in North America to be organized. Previous attempts to unionize the Japanese automaker's Canadian factories in 2001 and 2008 failed due to lack of support.

According to Reuters, Unifor also represents workers at General Motors, Ford and Fiat-Chrysler in Canada, but it says that if approved, a unionization agreement with Toyota would be specifically tailored to the company. The union is young, having been formed last year when the Canadian Auto Workers and the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union merged.


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      Gorgenapper
      • 8 Months Ago
      "I have summoned you here for a purpose." "Nobody summons Toyota." "Then it pleases me to be the first."
      MONTEGOD7SS
      • 8 Months Ago
      Toyota should move it to TN.
      Fountain42
      • 8 Months Ago
      3rd times a charm. Keep trying until you get it...WTH. Did the union not get the message the first 2 times.....
      Charlie
      • 8 Months Ago
      I'm sad to see this. London, ON is already losing Kellog's and Leamington, ON is losing Heinz, Chatham, ON already lost Navistar. Can't they see history repeating itself??? Considering they are getting paid favourably! Wake up people, we are going to lose another great manufacturer. Might as well pack you bags and move to Mexico now Toyota. :(...
        Super D Spamalot
        • 8 Months Ago
        @Charlie
        Of those examples you gave, only one of them had to do with union business. Kellogg's is closing because that plant makes cereal, which doesn't sell very well these days. Heinz is closing because the factory has only been running at 1/3 capacity for years and the new owners felt it was a waste. With Navistar, yes they claim they closed it because of being unable to make a deal with the union... Everyone here knows it's bullshit, though (I live in Chatham). The plant was idle for -2- years before they finally closed it, and took all the incentive money they got from the government with them. Nobody around here blames the union, Navistar is just a scumbag company. If they vote for a union, then they should have a union.