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UAW pushes for Toyota and Tesla to hire former NUMMI workers



The UAW today applauded Toyota and Tesla for deciding to team up to develop electric cars and at a recently closed plant in California and urged the companies hire employees who recently lost jobs at that plant.

“Yesterday’s announcement by Toyota and Tesla …is welcome news for the state’s economy and workers after the closing of this highly productive plant in March,” UAW President Ron Gettelfinger said in a statement.

On Thursday, Toyota surprised the auto industry when it announced that is acquiring a $50-million stake in Tesla and will develop electric vehicles with the California company.

Tesla plans to build the cars at the New United Motor Manufacturing Inc. plant, known as NUMMI, which was a joint venture between Toyota and General Motors for 25 years.

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said he expects the deal could create 1,000 jobs.

“Our union’s hope is that this venture will give first hiring preference to former NUMMI employees who are already trained and highly skilled,” Gettelfinger said.



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Of course that's the union's hope. Of course, it would be that much better an idea to simply hire the most qualified people for the jobs. A number of them may very well be former NUMMI employees, and if so, that's fine. Hiring based on union association... meh.

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