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Auto workers union calls for picketing at local Toyota dealers to keep Fremont plant open

Original post made on Feb 13, 2010

Several hundred workers as well as union leaders and state and local elected officials held a rally Friday to begin a campaign to pressure Toyota to cancel its plans to close the New United Motor Manufacturing Inc. auto plant on April 1.

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Posted by Bill
a resident of Pleasanton Heights
on Feb 13, 2010 at 4:34 pm

Picketing local Toyota dealerships to keep the NUMMI plant open has got to be one of the most idiotic tactics organized labor has come up with in quite some time. Not only does it unfairly punish the dealership who has no say in the matter, it ignores the many reasons why Toyota is making the fiscally responsible decision:

- GM dropped out, lowering the utilitization significantly

- UAW contract guarantees $28/hour at NUMMI vs $24/hour in other plants

- Higher electric rates in California vs everywhere else

- Parts have to be shipped from the mid-west to California resulting in higher costs

- NUMMI is an older, less efficient plant

Is there *anyone* (besides pandering politicians) who actually believe it makes sense for *any* company to do manufacturing in California any longer? If so, I've got a bunch of carbon credits I'd like to sell you.

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Posted by Joe
a resident of Downtown
on Feb 13, 2010 at 5:13 pm

Picket??why...Your Union owns General Motors..they want you to close and so do all of the politicians in the Bay Area. If NUMMI closes then the possibility grows that a new plant, or an enlarged plant somewhere else in the US, will blossom. YOU CAN'T PRODUCE ANYTHING IN CALIFORNIA...IT COSTS TOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO MUCH!!! Oh I wish I was in the land of cotton and we may have lost in 1865 but WE ARE WINNING NOW.

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Posted by Pleasanton Parent
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Feb 14, 2010 at 9:27 am

The union targets Toyota, but does nothing when GM pulled out? I want to go buy one just to spite them. So stupid.

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Posted by David Duke
a resident of Southeast Pleasanton
on Feb 14, 2010 at 9:30 am

Joe wrote: "Oh I wish I was in the land of cotton and we may have lost in 1865 but WE ARE WINNING NOW."

By "we," you mean "white people," right?

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a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 15, 2010 at 5:55 am

Get rid of unions! By now we have seen how they have destroyed not only the auto industry but public education as well. NO MORE UNIONS

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a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 15, 2010 at 7:24 am

I couldn't agree more! Just think of what we could accomplish if we banished unions: Teacher won't give your child an A? Go nuts until she's fired. Soon all of our students will have 4.0 GPAs and we'll have the best school district in the USA!

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Posted by No fan of unions
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 15, 2010 at 8:23 pm

Bill states a very accurate, spot on analysis of this situation. It's virtually impossible to manufacture in the state of California due to some of the highest costs in the country, including, but not limited to Workmen's Compensation insurance costs, high corporate tax rates, oppressive environmental regulations, and more.

You'd pretty much have to be an idiot to try to manufacture anything in California, unless you're Solyndra in Fremont getting a half-billion dollar guaranteed Federal government loan--"Hey, if we fail, who cares, we (the company execs) get our fat paychecks, and ultimately the taxpayers will get stuck with the bill."

Also, to the smart aleck posting as "David Duke," I think what "Joe" meant was that Southern states are the ones getting the lion's share of manufacturing jobs in the U.S. anymore, because their labor rates are lower, costs of living are lower, and their corporate tax rates are lower. Most companies that are still doing manufacturing in the U.S. are choosing Southern states due to those primary factors.

Also agree with Pleasanton Parent--it truly is laughable that the politicians and unions decide to picket NUMMI now, now that Toyota is pulling out, but not shortly after GM pulled out?

Hey "David Duke," see any racism THERE? Hmmmm.

Want to blame someone for NUMMI closing? Blame the politicians in Sacramento who have created the miserable business conditions for manufacturing in this state. They're the real idiots.

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