It's not the Toyota union. It's the Nihon jidosha roso, a large automotive union. Seriously, how do people who know nothing about Japanese labor keep chiming in and missing the mark?<quoted text>Interesting link.
Do You see what else is in it's content? It's a TOYOTA union, not UAW. They are focused on Toyota issues. Unlike the UAW that would control strikes at virtually every sub-component manufacturer like brake parts, spark plugs, wiring harnesses, etc.
If I were to work for GM or Ford & had contract negotiations dragging out, I wouldn't expect a battery or paint company to join the strike & then all of those people to lose their income too. OR on the flip side, If I worked for the battery or paint company I wouldn't want to go on strike simply to give the GM or Ford workers more clout. I have my family to feed, clothe & house.
It would seem that Toyota, Honda & Subaru etc are competitively reasonable within their markets.