Toyota Workers, Facing Possible Pay Cuts, Turning To UAW

By Automotive Staff | March 19, 2007
One of the biggest frustrations for the United Auto Workers (UAW) union has been little, if any, progress in securing interest among workers from foreign manufacturers such as BMW and Toyota on American soil.Well, that may be changing if the UAW is to be believed. According to the Detroit News, the heads of the UAW, president Ron Gettelfinger and Terry Thurman, stated there has been 'increased activity' and union interest by workers at the Toyota 's Georgetown, Kentucky plant. The reaction may be due to recent media reports that Toyota plans to cut wages of workers to reduce overall expenses. Will this give the UAW an opening? Our take? Toyota strongly denies such interest among its workers or plans for a pay cut. At the moment, we're neutral on the matter but will continue to observe--and report--on any changes.