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Update: Schwarzenegger’s Response to NUMMI News

Posted in auto industry, GM, Newsworthy, Politics, Toyota by Alex Kierstein | July 23rd, 2009 | 15 Responses |

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The Governor of the fair but bankrupt state known as California has the following to say about the NUMMI plant liquidation announcement. Will he be able to forestall permanent Toyota action on the plant? Who knows. Click through to read the press release.

Statement From Governor Schwarzenegger:

Governor Schwarzenegger Reiterates Commitment to Continuing to Work to Keep NUMMI Operations in California

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Administration today reiterated its commitment to continuing to work with New United Motor Manufacturing, Incorporated (NUMMI) partners, Toyota, federal officials and all relevant stakeholders to ensure the future success of the NUMMI manufacturing plant located in Fremont, CA.

“The Schwarzenegger Administration is actively engaged with NUMMI’s partners, Toyota, federal officials, local officials, labor, suppliers and other stakeholders to work together to ensure the future success of the facility,” said David Crane, the Governor’s special advisor for jobs and economic growth. “Our office will continue to respect Toyota’s wishes to keep discussions private as we work together to determine the best path for ensuring NUMMI’s continued operations in Fremont.

California is Toyota’s largest U.S. market. In addition to speaking with federal officials such as Dianne Feinstein today, the Governor has taken and will continue to take action to encourage the car company to manufacture in Fremont. Highlights of the Governor’s actions to date include:

· Governor Schwarzenegger has spoken to and corresponded with Toyota Executives including Toyota Motor Corporation President Mr. Akio Toyoda, Toyota North American President and Chief Executive Officer Mr. Yoshibi Inaba and Toyota Motor Sales USA President Jim Lentz (please see attached letter).

· The Governor has spoken to and corresponded with federal car czar, Ron A. Bloom, the senior advisor on the Auto Industry at the U.S. Department of the Treasury responsible for helping transform the U.S.’ automobile industry (please see attached letter).

· The Governor has formed a “Red Team” coalition of stakeholders to work with NUMMI with the overarching goal of ensuring the facilities future success. Members of this coalition include: Schwarzenegger Administration officials, members of Congress, state legislators, Alameda County, the Port of Oakland, the city of Fremont, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, California Manufacturing Technology Association, Bay Area Air Quality Management District, private sector entities, labor groups and others.

· The Governor, in cooperation with the Bay Area Economic Development Agency, has sent a representative to Japan to meet with Toyota (as referenced in attached letter).

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  1. kim vath says:

    I think it’s pretty sad that Toyota is not willing to stick out the rough times and push through it, but rather tuck their tails and run, and then Toyota expects us the American people to buy their vehicles. I think we the people should stand our ground and no longer purchase Toyota vehicles at ALL!!! If Toyota does not care about us the American people, our homes or our families then we should not support them either. Come and say NO TO TOYOTA vehicles in America!!!! JUST SAY NO! We Americans should buy American. Keep our money here. No more outsourcing of our jobs and our income. Our Government should do more to try and keep the Nummi plant open. SAVE OUR JOBS PLEASE!!!!!

  2. kim vath says:

    Come on Governor save our jobs at Nummi. What are 4700 + people going to do without jobs to pay for our homes and car payments. We need our jobs to feed our children. How many foreclosures are going to be on the market after Nummi closes their doors? How many cars are going to get repo’d Better yet how many people will commit suicide due financial distress. Will we the American people still support Toyota by buying their vehicles???? if so why???? buy Honda, GM anything but Toyota. Don’t keep their pockets full if they turn their heads to our needs.

  3. kim vath says:

    Toyota should fire the Union UAW-get them the heck out of there and lower the pay and fire all the lazy jerks that work there and hire some employees that want to work and then it would be a win win situation for everybody…… Then pull a joint venture with say Subaru or Hundai. Save thousands of jobs….Its not too late to change your minds…. KEEP NUMMI PLANT OPEN…..

  4. kim vath says:

    IF YOU THINK OUR ECONOMY SUCKS NOW WAIT UNTIL NUMMI CLOSES IT’S DOORS.ALL HECK IS GOING TO HIT THE FAN.

  5. kim vath says:

    WE HAVE STOOD BY YOU TOYOTA THROUGH THE HARD TIMES AND THATS THE LEAST YOU COULD DO FOR US IS STICK BY US AND KEEP YOUR DOORS OPEN. NEGOTIATE NEW CONTRACTS FOR ANOTHER JOINT VENTURE AND DO AWAY WITH THE UAW. THE UNION ONLY HELPS THE PEOPLE THAT DO NOT WANT TO WORK IN THE FIRST PLACE. IT IS A CRUTCH FOR THE LAZY EMPLOYEES. THE UAW COST TOYOTA MORE THAT THEY REALIZE. UNION PREVENTS TOYOTA FROM FIRING AT WILL EVEN IF THE EMPLOYEE IS NON-PRODUCTIVE. THINK ABOUT US THE LOYAL EMPLOYEES THAT LOVE OUR JOBS AND BEND OVE BACKWARDS FOR THE COMPANY.

  6. kim vath says:

    I THINK NUMMI WILL CLOSE THEIR DOORS AND LET EVERYBODY GO AND THEN RE-OPEN AS A JOINT VENTURE AND NO UNION OR LAZY EMPLOYEES THAT DON’T EVER WANT TO COME TO WORK.

  7. kim vath says:

    DO NOT BUY TOYOTA VEHICLES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! EVER IF THEY CLOSE THE PLANT.

  8. mike bradfield says:

    I think the employees should be offered the whole plant, inventory, and a “stipend” or “seed” money to find another manufacturer or even another product like wind generators, solar cell manufacturer, electric car company etc etc etc who is looking for space to expand, or just about anything other than closure….even if it were simply a distribution center for Toyota parts or recycling center for car parts it would be better than outright disappearance from Fremont…ALSO where is Fremont’s Chamber of Commerce in all this? Where is Fed “bail out ‘ money now? Where is the “T A R P ” to cover the working –“soon to be poor”?
    I’ve heard the idea of maybe Fremont building a sports stadium in its place…Yeah, right, like a game of chess when the house is a mess.
    That’s what we all need more “grown up theme parks” where “adults mostly” can indulge the vicarious pleasure of watching other “adults”
    compete for major game wins with major big salaries while the residents who “used to work there” might get to sell hot dogs to the “fans” but have lost their living wages and neighborhood to big corporate ripoffs…It just isn’t ethical much less “fair” GIVE IT THOUGHT!

  9. True American says:

    Toyota’s has always dictated the word “we must have mutual trust and respect” ,now we see the true colors of toyota, a captain is a coward to jump off the ship before it sinks. All of us Nummi team members gave the best part of there working lives working under the toyota name and this is how the toyota’s mutual trust and respect is honered.
    Now let me tell you someting mr. toyota without respect you are nothing. Nummi is sinking because you are running away during tuff times, you should be ashamed of yourself. The toyota family should not sell cars in california if nummi closes, only the scabs will tell you otherwise, well let me tell you something scabs go back to your homeland country where you belong, because in this country we have a right to unionize our american workforce.

  10. Larry B says:

    Just so I have this correct, GM went bankrupt and left the NUMMI partnership because they went out of business. So it was a joint venture. Now that makes Toyota the bad guy? Six month heads up that you will be closing and severance pay and Toyota is paying all of that because GM (61% government and union owned) would not!
    Now all of it is Toyota’s fault?
    Could it be that operating under a union and government controlled environment is not competitive? Why can’t the new GM, reconstitute the plant and put evryone back to work? I forgot, their factories back in Detroit are closed! Ok, then why can’t the federal government lend money to the state to find a partner to bail out the GM plant agreement? Damn, the governor is Republican! No favors for your state!
    Perhaps the union members could petition the public for symapthy as taking a pay cut in this slowng economy is just not, well union!
    Oh well, time will tell how everything works out, but don’t hold your breath in the new reality!

  11. Delia says:

    Twenty-five years in business with Toyota and GM learned nothing about lean manufacturing. GMs fat business practices put them into bankruptcy. They walked out on NUMMI… Toyota was left to clean up the mess. Now everyone is bashing Toyota??? That doesn’t make any sense. Toyota is covering the cost of closing down the plant and yet they are still providing a severance for 4500+ team members. What is GM offering?? If you’re going to boycott a car company to get your point across, it seems like GM would be the way to go.

  12. Bob C says:

    Toyota was left holding most of the expenses after GM left. No to mention the beating Toyota received in Washington by our great legislatures.
    And some of you are indignet with Toyota, direct your indignity towards GM.
    BC

  13. steve says:

    toyota is playing games.Why have a press release stating they are giving 250 million to its workers.The truth is almost 100 million of this is going to management and is not being divided equally.Then they say we gave them seven extra months of work ,did they mention it would take several months to set up shop in san antonio so they could transfer the truck operation there.Did they mention they will not give us an oppurtunity to be hired at another facility as i applied and was told i wasnt qualified after building cars and trucks for 10 years.We the workers totally agree that gm screwed us but the fact is 90 percent of the cars being built here were toyotas.I would have no problem with them if they gave the workers a shot elsewhere but instead they will give our jobs to others even if we are willing to relocate.Business is business but dont preach we are a family then leave your kids behind

  14. deryl says:

    most auto plants have a habit of setting up shop and running out on cities after about 25 to 30 years of service. this is their way of keeping from having to pay higer wages. where ever there is a new facility it will probably be closed in about 25 -30 years.once wages start to creep up to 21.00 an hour or more they start planning their next move. they like to locate in small rual towns and cities with small populations so that they can look good bringing jobs. the problem is these jobs are really long term temporary jobs until their ready to relocate again. they are nothing more than human locus preying on american workers. if nummi had not been a great sucess there might not have ever been any other ventures in america. toyota owes it’s sucess in amerca to the fremont plant. all toyota products in the future made elsewhere should be banned from the calif. market place

  15. Steve says:

    What is with the dude and 7 kids. He doesn’t need his job back, he needs to move to mexico and start a ranch.