Friday, January 29, 2010

UAW, Not Toyota, is the Real "Danger to America"

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As Democrats prepare for a public and politically-charged flogging of Toyota, the United Auto Workers bigwigs (along with their comrades from the Teamsters and some green-weenie enviro-activists) rained some atomic rhetoric on the Japanese car maker by calling it a "danger to America" while astro-turfing at the Japanese embassy in Washington yesterday.

While Toyota does have recall issues it is dealing with (as the UAW-controlled Big Three are all-too-familiar with), the UAW bosses are not protesting Toyota's safety issues. Rather, the union is protesting the company's plans to close the only Toyota plant in America that the UAW has its talons in, the NUMMI plant in Fremont, California on March 31st.

Apparently, 80% of the UAW's membership is angry with the union's handling of the plant closing (this is the same plant where a UAW boss told members to 'Shut the f**k up!' last weekend). As a result, UAW leaders appear to be trying to placate their members in a futile effort to change Toyota's mind, as Toyota appears solidly against keeping the California plant open or maintaining a relationship with the UAW.

With the UAW constantly agitating to gain entry into Toyota's other U.S. plants which are UAW-free, once President Obama's General Government Motors pulled out of NUMMI, Toyota could finally cut all ties to the UAW.

While it is unfortunate that 4,700 more jobs will be lost by the UAW, the NUMMI jobs are but a drop in a very large bucket of UAW job losses at the Big Three.

More importantly, as the UAW's rust-belt Democrats in Congress prepare to put Toyota on show trial, rather than helping the NUMMI workers in California, the UAW's radioactive rhetoric against Toyota may do more to hurt the thousands of other UAW-free Americans employed by at its other plants in the U.S.
"I bring reason to your ears, and, in language as plain as ABC, hold up truth to your eyes." Thomas Paine December 23, 1776

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