The global auto industry is undergoing radical transformation. The shift towards zero emission technology, including electrification, will have an effect on virtually every autoworker. Automakers around the world, including Toyota, are investing heavily in new product programs. Securing these product programs, as well as critical component part manufacturing, in Canadian auto plants is critical to the future of our economy.
The future of Toyota assembly plants and Team Members’ job security depends on new electric vehicle production. Competition for these products in North America is fierce, and governments are fighting to attract these investments.
Despite rumours of future EV investment by Toyota, nothing is yet confirmed in Canada. That’s a problem.
Toyota Team Members need a strong advocate with government decision-makers right here in Canada – and cannot rely on the goodwill of corporate executives in Japan.
Over the years, Unifor has successfully negotiated ground-breaking agreements that include first-of-their-kind product programs from each of the Detroit 3 automakers. Together, these programs will secure electric, hybrid and other zero-emission vehicle production in Oakville, Windsor and Ingersoll for years to come.
Securing these investments at all Unifor assembly and powertrain facilities is an important focus and integral part of the work the union does every single day.
Building a united front among Canadian auto workers to secure goods jobs and a strong auto industry for future generations is the best step forward Toyota Team Members can take.