UAW calls on members to contact Congress to save Toyota NUMMI plant

Toyota announced last week that it has decided to liquidate stake in New United Motor Manufacturing Inc (NUMMI) in California, a plant that it jointly operated with General Motors.

The UAW is now urging its members to contact U.S. lawmakers in an effort to try to convince Toyota Motor Corp to keep operating its California assembly plant. An email was sent out to members, retirees and supporters yesterday asking them to call on members of Congress to ask Toyota to keep its Fremont, California operating in order to save 4,500 union jobs.

“We believe that Toyotas sold in the United States should be made in the United States. California is by far Toyota’s single biggest market for car sales in the United States,” the UAW said in its email message.

NUMMI”s fate came into question last month when GM said that it will be discontinue its 50/50 joint venture that produces the Pontiac Vibe, Toyota Corolla and the Tacoma.

– By: Omar Rana

Source: Reuters