Union tactics apparently translate across borders, as Canada's Unifor may take inspiration from the United Auto Workers' recent move at the Volkswagen factory in Chattanooga, TN, and establish a local for the Toyota factories in Cambridge and Woodstock.

Unifor last attempted to organize the workers at the two factories, which are responsible for production of the Toyota Corolla (above), RAV4 and Lexus RX back in April, but that vote was eventually delayed. According to that report, 3,000 of the two plants' 7,500 employees signed union cards, but that apparently wasn't enough for Unifor to force a vote.

Because of this, the union is looking at the local approach, like what the UAW is attempting with VW.

"We have union halls in Woodstock and Kitchener-Waterloo; they could elect an executive and run monthly membership meetings," union president Jerry Dias told The Windsor Star. Dias added that the union "continues to sign up new members on a regular basis."

So what would the benefit to employees be if they sign up with the local? According to The Star, while Unifor couldn't act as a bargaining agent for the workers, employees would still be able to take part in other union activities. It's not entirely clear what these include, though, and as the primary mission of a union is to act as a bargaining agent for employees, the idea of a local would appear to leave something on the table.

As for when this plan could come to fruition, Dias says a final decision isn't expected until fall.


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      digitalwatch
      • 5 Months Ago
      Unions always try to get into that Corolla plant, the workers always vote them out. I worked at the Chrysler plant in Brampton that was unionized and tried to get into to the Toyota plant because they paid more and didn't seem to get shut down very often, if at all. It was a flat out better place to work. I doubt a union would be able to get in. The only positive about the union at Chrysler was that once you passed your probation you had to murder someone on the line on your shift to get fired.
      churchmotor
      • 5 Months Ago
      These parasites can't seem to get the message. The workers don't want you.
      Pj Taintz
      • 5 Months Ago
      dead unions go eff yourselves signed, the workers
      Victor Hoyles
      • 5 Months Ago
      What a great way to f%&k up a good thing. We're already seeing more and more cars being built in Mexico. This will just ad incentive for Toyota to move more production there.
      Renaurd
      • 5 Months Ago
      Oh so ugly. Couldn't the designers see the resemblance to a dung beetle in that face.