toyota memo leaked?
Posted in the New Albany Forum
#1 Jun 23, 2013
In 2006, there was a leaked memo by Seiichi Sudo that a couple Team Members caught which outlined a plan to reduce North American labor costs (wages) by $300 million by 2011.
The note was not specific and no one was sure how Toyota would accomplish their goal. But in 2009, Toyota announced they would close NUMMI and the plan became clear. If Toyota closed their only union plant and reduced the wages by half, they would save approx.$250 mil per year. That is exactly what was accomplished when production was moved to Mississippi and Texas.
And Toyota did not stop there. Toyota has been cutting back benefits and erecting ever higher barriers to permanent employment and top pay.
The mistakes the TMs made was that they got caught and they did not do enough to promote it widely. Later, they got fired and Toyota has been trying to keep it under wraps ever since.
It's your duty to report whatever is wrong to the media and to the UAW. Whenever you find something like that, don't tell anyone at work. Keep several copies for yourself and scan it and put it out on the internet for all to see. Send a copy to wikileaks and they might even promote it for you. Blow it up on Facebook and Twitter using a separate account. Call the news media and report it.
You have a responsibility to future generations of workers and your own family's future generation to keep wages high. The company should not be keeping profits for themselves like that.
Not just threats to your wages, but your safety as well. If you see safety issues, you should sneak a few pics of the problem or maybe even take a video of it and tell someone outside the company. If you tell their own safety reps, they'll just cover it up and people will get hurt. Take care not to get it traced back to you.
It's going to be up to TMs to raise their wages back up to what it once was. It's your responsibility using what little democratic freedoms we have left. Good luck and we are counting on you.
#2 Aug 5, 2013
its bad i worked at toyota until i was fired in texas i now work at ford lets boycott toyota and buy ford
#3 Aug 5, 2013
i was also fired from toyota i now work at honda
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