December 13, 2013
Required number of cards signed to hold unionization vote, says Dias
Unifor, formed with the merger of the CAW and CEP unions, has announced they have enough union cards signed to hold an organization vote at Toyota’s Woodstock and Cambridge plants. However, the union will hold off requesting a certification vote until they can win a “comfortable majority” from employees, said union president Jerry Dias.
CAW has tried to organize employees at Toyota in the past but has been unsuccessful. This time around, as workers get older and have been slighted by changes to pension plans, the drive seems to have gained more traction.
“They used to be afraid that the plant would close. They see that’s not true. Toyota built more than 500,000 cars in Canada last year. They’re not going anywhere,” Dias said to The Windsor Star.