Unifor, the giant Canadian labor organization seeking to organize workers at Toyota’s assembly plants in Ontario, expects to have the employees of the Japanese automaker vote on whether to join the union sooner rather than later.
A successful vote would be a major coup for Unifor, which recently absorbed the Canadian Auto Workers Union. The CAW had long struggled and failed to organize the many so-called “transplant” assembly lines in Canada. It might also provide some much-needed momentum for the Detroit-based United Auto Workers Union which has been able to rally workers at foreign-owned assembly plants in the U.S.
Unifor President Jerry Diaz told reporters after a speech at the UAW convention in Detroit that the Canadian labor group has collected more than 3,000 cards from Toyota employees across Ontario asking to join Uniifor. The organization is an amalgam of the old Canadian Auto Workers and several other Canadian unions, including communication and paper workers. (more…)