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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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