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Toyota Workers in Canada to Vote on Joining Union

Monday, 31 Mar 2014 12:21 PM

Workers at Toyota Motor Corp.'s Canadian manufacturing plants are set to vote next week on whether to become the first at Toyota operations in North America to unionize.

Unifor, Canada's largest private-sector union, said on Monday it has filed with the Ontario labor board to hold a union certification vote at the three Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada Inc. assembly plants, which are located in Cambridge and Woodstock, Ontario.

A "yes" vote would be a big win for the Canadian union, which already represents workers at the Canadian arms of General Motors Co., Ford Motor Co. and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. Previous attempts to organize Toyota's Canadian plants have failed.

Unifor expects that the approximately 6,500 workers at the plants will begin voting next Monday, saying it is "absolutely confident" it has enough support for certification by the labor board.

It declined to reveal the exact amount of support, however, citing strategic reasons.

Ontario provincial labor law requires 40 percent of workers to sign cards for union certification.

If the organization drive is successful, Unifor said it would move to begin collective bargaining immediately.

Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada could not be immediately reached for comment.

Unionization at Toyota has been a top priority for Unifor. Previous efforts to unionize by the Canadian Auto Workers union and the International Association of Machinists have failed due to inadequate support.

Unifor was formed last year in a merger between the Canadian Auto Workers and the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers union.

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