Toyota, which has been making record profits recently, is trying to make greater profits off the backs of hardworking Teamsters by contracting with lower-cost, less experienced carhaulers. The Teamsters went through a similar fight five years ago, and thanks to the efforts of carhaulers across the country, the union beat back Toyota last time around. Toyota even promised the Teamsters it wouldn’t try to destroy good Teamsters jobs, but it has broken its promise while the Teamsters have kept their promises.
Kevin Moore, Teamsters International Trustee and Director of the Teamsters Carhaul Divison, said Toyota's latest actions raise more questions about the Japanese automaker:
Toyota spent years trying to regain consumer confidence after mass recalls in 2009-2011 due to sticking gas pedals and faulty floor mats. Millions more Toyotas are being recalled due to dangerous faulty airbags. Now, on top of these very public issues, Toyota is bidding out much of its automobile transport work to small, unproven operators who undercut the health care protections and retirement security of their drivers.The Teamsters are fighting again. Members are signing petitions to pledge their support in the fight, General President Jim Hoffa has sent a letter to Toyota’s CEO demanding a meeting to discuss mutual concerns and billboards have been erected around the country calling attention to Toyota’s danger to America with its recent faulty accelerators and air bag recalls. Now Toyota is endangering the public again by moving away from the best carhaulers in America—Teamsters! More than 1,000 Teamster carhaul jobs are at stake, and more could be threatened if other manufacturers follow suit.
Get involved with the campaign by joining the Facebook page—Teamster Carhaul Workers—and look for more information soon about how to help your brothers and sisters.