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CAW Look To Drive Into Toyota

The Canadian Auto Workers union are trying to drive their way into Toyota. The CAW have had their sights set on the Honda plant in Alliston recently, and are now looking at the Toyota plants in Cambridge and Woodstock. According to reports, the CAW are looking to offset the loss of tens of thousands of unionized job they have suffered over the past 10 years at the Canadian operations of the Detroit Three auto makers. If the drive at Toyota is successful, they could gain about 7,000 new members between the two plants. The Honda plant has roughly a 4,000-member work force. In an interview with The Globe and Mail, CAW's director of organizing John Aman alluded to the fact there is a strong interest at both Toyota and Honda. "I have never seen interest like this before [at Toyota], if one becomes unionized, the other one is going to follow suit very quickly". In the same article, Toyota Motor Manufacturing spokesman Greg Mordue says it is up to the employees to make the final decision as whether they want to join the union, however he points out he feels it is not necessary. "We have what we describe as a fully competitive wage and benefits package that reflects the unique needs of individual team members and the requirements of our employees". In the case that TMMC and Honda of Canada join the union, it would also mean the CAW represent production workers at the five auto manufacturers in Ontario.

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