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NUMMI UAW Local Votes to Take Toyota Severance

Toyota offer was contingent on a gag order that looks to prevent free speech. Union workers had little choice.

by on Mar.18, 2010

Toyota moves production to a non-union plant even though California is its largest U.S. market.

About 4500 members of UAW Local 2244 voted today to accept a $281-million severance pay package offered by Toyota, which is closing New United Motor Manufacturing Inc. on April 1. Ratification was approved by 90%.

It is the only auto assembly plant in Toyota’s largest market in the United States.  (Click Here for Toyota Sweetens NUMMI Closure Severance)

The joint venture between Toyota and General Motors was making  the Toyota Corolla sedan and Tacoma compact pickup truck. Production of the Pontiac Vibe ceased there last August.

NUMMI repeatedly won J.D. Power  awards for quality.

Production is being moved to a non-union plant in Texas. Tens of thousands of jobs at the plant and its suppliers will be eliminated. The severance package only applies to union members.

Part of the Toyota offer stipulated a gag order.

“I believe (it) violates our First Amendment rights under the U.S. Constitution, and our rights to Freedom of Association under the Labor Rights Conventions of the United Nations’ International Labor Organization (ILO),” says local 2244 President Sergio Santos.   (more…)

Toyota Sweetens NUMMI Closure Severance Deal

UAW to vote on severance package as Toyota closes California’s only auto final assembly plant next month in its largest market.

by on Mar.16, 2010

NUMMI located in Fremont, California, is the only vehicle assembly plant in the state.

The United Auto Workers union says it has reached a tentative agreement with Toyota to shut down California’s only final assembly auto plant, New United Motor Manufacturing, Incorporated (NUMMI). About 4,600 workers will be affected when the plant shuts on April 1.

Details of the severance packages were not released, pending ratification by union members of Local 2244, but people close to situation say payments of between $20,000 and $70,000 per worker are offered, depending on length of service. The time and date for a ratification vote has not been determined at this time, but the vote will probably take place later this week.

Earlier this month, Toyota Motor North America, Inc. (TMA) said that Toyota has committed $250 million to its contracted manufacturer New United Motor Manufacturing, Inc. (NUMMI) to fund transition support for NUMMI’s salaried and hourly team members, who assemble Toyota Corolla sedan and Toyota Tacoma pickup models. It is the only unionized Toyota plant in the United States.

NUMMI started 25 years ago as a joint venture between Toyota and General Motors. At the time of the GM bankruptcy last summer, about 10% of NUMMI’s production was for GM vehicles.

GM Says Vibe Brakes Stop Unintended Acceleration

Playing the “Audi" card, the distributor of a Toyota-designed vehicle, says step on the brakes, if your throttle sticks.

by on Feb.01, 2010

This is the same defense originally put forth by Audi decades ago for the same issue.

General Motors Company has tested two Pontiac Vibe models this past Saturday at the Milford Proving Grounds in Michigan after several customers complained of sticking accelerator pedals, and found the brakes stop the vehicle in case of “unintended acceleration.”

“We ran the Vibe wide open at 60 miles an hour and the brakes were able to bring the vehicle to a safe stop within 169 meters, consistent with our internal requirement for brake performance,” said Martin Hogan, GM director of brake systems.

It is the same defense originally put forth by Audi, with little positive effect, decades ago when unintended acceleration allegations were widely publicized by television newscasts.

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The 2009-10 Pontiac Vibe shares the basic platform of  the Toyota Matrix crossover,and is as a result included in two the Toyota recalls related to unintended acceleration – one for sticking accelerator pedals and one for possible floor mat entrapment.   (more…)

GM Claims Pontiac Vibe is Safe to Drive

No "relevant” customer pedal complaints on shared, and recalled, Toyota design with 2009-10 Pontiac Vibe models.

by on Jan.29, 2010

The Vibe show can go on, according to General Motors. It does have pedal complaints, though.

Neither the Toyota unintended acceleration floor mat recall, nor last week’s sticking pedal recall should give Pontiac Vibe owners any cause for concern, according to General Motors.

Even though the Vibe shares a common platform with the recalled Toyota Corolla and Matrix models, “based on GM’s experience, the Vibe is safe to drive,” TheDetroitBureau.com was told by a General Motors spokesperson.

GM has not received any “relevant” customer complaints for the 2009-2010 Pontiac Vibe.

The company also says that there were not any complaints found in a search of U.S. and Canadian databases.

However, since it was announced that the Vibe was included in the two Toyota recalls, GM says “we have received several complaints of alleged sticking accelerator pedals. To the best of our knowledge, the Vibe vehicles were safely brought to a stop. We are investigating each of the claims.”

GM says it will communicate with the approximately 99,000 Vibe owners in the United States and Canada as soon as it receives additional information to share about the recall from Toyota.

Any customer who experiences any accelerator pedal issue should immediately park the vehicle, and have it towed to their GM dealer for an inspection, the company said.

The Vibe was built through August 2009 at the New United Motor Manufacturing (NUMMI) plant in Fremont, Calif., which was a joint venture of GM and Toyota.

Toyota is in the process of shutting the plant down.

Toyota Adds Shift in Canada

RAV4 crossover production to increase.

by on Dec.14, 2009

As NUMMI winds down,

As NUMMI winds down, Woodstock tools up.

Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada Inc. plans to add a second shift in March at an assembly plant in Woodstock, Ontario to build more RAV4 sport utility models.

TMMC also builds the Corolla, Matrix, and the Lexus RX350 at the plant. The latest move will add more than 800 jobs when the second shift starts.

Production of the RAV4 began in November 2008 with one-shift. Toyota now says it will now build the majority of RAV4s for the North American market in Ontario.

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UAW Extends Toyota Talks Deadline

The fate of 5,000 NUMMI workers hangs in the balance.

by on Aug.12, 2009

The UAW is hoping to prevent the closure of the 26-year-old NUMMI venture, near San Francisco.

The UAW is hoping to prevent the closure of the 26-year-old NUMMI venture, near San Francisco.

The United Auto Workers has extended its deadline in talks with Toyota Motor Corporation over the fate of the New United Motor Manufacturing Inc. in Fremont, California. The UAW’s existing contract with NUMMI expired at midnight August 9th, but the five-day extension, which could be extended again, was already in place, according to union sources familiar with the bargaining. “We’re still bargaining,” one source said.

The Fremont NUMMI plant employs 5,400 workers.

Jimmy Settles, the UAW vice president responsible for the negotiations, also has skipped the union board meeting in Northern Michigan to attend to the bargaining. Last year, Settles successfully negotiated a package of concessions that helped persuade Mitsubishi to keep open its plant in Normal, Illinois, which was then operating at less than 40% capacity.

Toyota’s new chief executive Akio Toyoda said last week during a visit to the US that the company had not made a decision on closing the Fremont plant, which it operated through a joint venture with General Motors Corporation.

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