International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers

March 17, 2008 12:40 ET

Machinists File Unfair Labour Practice Charges Against Toyota Canada

Attention: Assignment Editor, Automotive Editor, Business/Financial Editor, News Editor, Transportation Editor TORONTO, ONTARIO MEDIA ADVISORY--(Marketwire - March 17, 2008) - For Immediate Release

Toronto, ON - The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers will file unfair labour practice charges against Toyota Canada today with the Ontario Labour Relations Board.

"We're taking this step to protect the rights of Toyota employees to a free and democratic vote in which they will be able to express their true wishes without intimidation," said IAM District 140 Organizer Ian Morland.

The Machinists filed for a certification vote of the workers at the Toyota Canada assembly plant in Cambridge, Ontario on March 13, 2008. The vote is to take place this coming Thursday March 20th.

The application will allege that certain of Toyota's recent communications with employees have crossed the line set by the law, which prevents employers from intimidating and unduly influencing employees to vote against a union in a certification vote. The IAM will also address Toyota's attempt to have the Ontario Labour Relations Board depart from standard voting arrangements that have been designed over the years to facilitate a free and democratic vote.

"It's clear by their recent actions that Toyota is afraid of a free and democratic vote and afraid to give their employees a proper opportunity to express their wish to be represented by the Machinists Union," concluded Morland.

The IAM represents thousands of members in the Canadian automotive transportation sector at assembly and parts manufacturing facilities in Ontario, Manitoba, Alberta and British Columbia. The IAM represents more than 700,000 active and retired members in North America and administers more than 5,000 contracts in transportation, woodworking, aerospace, manufacturing and defense-related industries.

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/For further information: For further information:
Ian Morland – IAM District 140 Organizer
905-671-3192 ext 224/416-875-8140
Bill Trbovich – IAM Director of Communications
416-386-1789 ext 31/416-735-9765
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Contact Information

  • Bill Trbovich, Director of Communications, IAMAW
    Primary Phone: 416-386-1789 ext. 6331
    Secondary Phone: 416-735-9765
    E-mail: btrbovich@iamaw.org