Toyota President Tetsuo Agata to BCTD President Ayers

Toyota President Tetsuo Agata has sent a letter to the President of the Building and Construction Trades Department of the AFL-CIO expressing his gratitude for the work the Building Trades unions have done in erecting each of Toyota’s U.S. automotive plants over the course of the last 25 years. Agata highlights the value of Project Labor Agreements and the quality and efficiency of the union work that Toyota has witnessed. Full text below… Dear President Ayers: As you know, this year marks the 25th anniversary of the groundbreaking for Toyota’s first North American vehicle assembly plant, located in Georgetown, Kentucky. In light of this milestone, I wanted to take a moment to thank the Building and Construction Trades Department of the AFL-CIO for its contribution to Toyota’s success in North America. We are extremely proud of the fact that, to this day, representatives from all manner of industries from around the world come to our Georgetown plant to learn how the time-tested experience of Toyota combines with Kentucky ingenuity at this state-of-the-art facility. And for that, we owe a special debt of gratitude to the skilled men and women of America’s Building Trades Unions, who constructed not only the Georgetown facility, but each and every one of our assembly plants in the U.S. and Canada. Our production system has been consistently recognized as a model for the automobile industry, and we’re quite proud of how it helps us to make some of the finest automobiles in the world. And for 25 years now, we have been equally proud to have the skills, expertise and productivity of your members deployed...

Did you know Jelly Belly’s, Peeps and Jelly Beans are union-made?

When you’re searching for something for an Easter basket, why not buy union-made-in-America treats. Here’s a brief list of choices of candy products made by members of the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union (BCTGM); snack foods by members of the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW); or fruit and nuts from members of the United Farm Workers of America (UFW). Hershey Products Necco (New England Confectionery Company) Hershey Kisses* Sweethearts Hershey Syrups Mary Jane Peanut Butter Chews Hershey Milk Chocolate Bar* NECCO Wafers/Necco Wafer Smoothies Hershey Milk with Almond Bars Sky Bar Hershey Special Dark Bars Clark Bar Hershey Nuggets Canada Mints Rolo Candy Cupboard Hershey Kissables Thin Mints Kit Kat Bars NECCO Assorted Junior Wafers Carmello Bar Clark Junior Laydown Bag Cadbury Fruit & Nut Bar Mary Jane Laydown Bag Cadbury Roast Almond Bar Haviland Cadbury Royal Dark Bar Mallow Cups Cadbury Dairy Milk Bar Necco Peanut Butter Kisses Jolly Ranchers Hershey Symphony Bar with Toffee Ghiradelli Chocolates All filled & non filled squares Just Born non pariels Peeps Chocolate chips Mike & Ike Hot Tamales Gimbals Fine Candies Peanut Chews JellyBeans Jelly Beans Cherry Hearts Scotty Dogs Jelly Belly’s Candy Company Jelly Bellies – also made in a non-union plants in Chicago/Taiwan Nestle Chocolate Dutch Mints Nestle Treasures Chocolate Temptations Laffy Taffy dimples Kathryn Beich specialty candy Goelitz Confections Baby Ruth* Goelitz Gummi Butterfinger* Pet Rat Pearson’s Nips Pet Tarantula Famous Old Time Candies (gourmet chocolates) Sweet Temptations Nestle Crunch  Butterfinger Crisp Candy Corn Licorice Pearson’s Candy Co. Malted Milk Balls Salted Nut Roll Chocolate Coated Nuts, and Sours Nut Goodie Sunkist Fruit...

Supporting Public Workers is Common Sense

Americans oppose taking away public employee collective bargaining rights by a margin of two to one, according to a March 1 New York Times/CBS poll. The same poll indicates that a margin of 56 percent to 37 percent of those polled also oppose cutting public sector employee wages and benefits to reduce state budget deficits. Furthermore, asked how they would choose to reduce their state’s deficits, “those polled preferred tax increases over benefit cuts for state workers by nearly two to one,” according to the New York Times. These figures may surprise some, especially when so many media fail to explore the roots of these issues. I think what we have here is another example of what rarely is appreciated: common sense.   Get organized Prior to becoming a Supreme Court justice, Lewis Powell wrote a memorandum to a beleaguered business community in 1971. “Strength lies in organization, in careful long-range planning and implementation, in consistency of action over an indefinite period of years, in the scale of financing available only through joint effort, and in the political power only available through united action and internal organization.” Powell was advising the business community to get organized in order to achieve its goals. In fact, large portions of the business community have gotten organized over the last 40 years, and one of their primary goals has been to weaken the influence of organized labor. The anti-union “industry” in the United States is a multi-billion dollar business annually. According to American Rights at Work, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce alone spends $50 million per year on anti-union/anti-worker activity. So, the recent...

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