Union Reaches Deal to Close Toyota-GM Plant

March 16, 2010
The UAW declined to provide details of the tentative agreement pending ratification by the plant's 4,500 unionized workers.

The United Auto Workers union said March 15 it had reached a deal over the closing of a California plant operated as a joint venture by Toyota and General Motors.

GM pulled out of the venture last year as it restructured under government-backed bankruptcy protection. Toyota announced plans to shutter the Fremont, California plant shortly thereafter.

The UAW declined to provide details of the tentative agreement pending ratification by the plant's 4,500 unionized workers.

"The tentative agreement will be presented to members of UAW Local 2244 in the coming days," the union said.

Toyota committed $250 million earlier this month to fund "transition support" for workers who will lose their jobs when the plant closes its doors on April 1.

"Toyota welcomes the tentative agreement between NUMMI and the United Auto Workers," a spokesman tsaid.

New United Motor Manufacturing (NUMMI) was established in 1984 as an independent venture in which Toyota and GM each held a 50% stake.

It most recently built the Pontiac Vibe and the Toyota Corolla and Tacoma pickup. GM discontinued the Pontiac brand, and Toyota said it would shift production of the Corolla and Tacoma to other U.S. plants.

Copyright Agence France-Presse, 2010

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