The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers is leafleting and continuing its organizing drive at Toyotas Cambridge, Ontario, assembly plant as the union contemplates a legal challenge to the automakers campaign tactics.
On Wednesday, March 19, the union temporarily postponed an election at the plant after Toyota Motor Corp. protested to regulators that the union had not collected enough signatures to set a vote.
Toyota argued that slightly more than 4,000 workers are at the plant, compared with the 3,100 that the union had projected. The union needs 40 percent of workers to sign cards before a vote can be set.
In an interview today, chief union organizer Ian Morland said the union will collect more signatures if necessary to schedule a new election.
He said the union also is picking over the roster of workers that Toyota supplied. Morland said it contains many people who havent worked at the plant for years or wont ever return from long-term disability. Toyota, he said, used the same kind of technicality to quash a union election in 2000 by the Canadian Auto Workers.
Morland said the Machinists union could bring its findings before the Ontario Labor Board for intervention into the election.
The Cambridge plant makes the Corolla, Matrix and Lexus RX 350.