'Sporadic reports' of Toyota protests by UAW

LOS ANGELES — Toyota said there were only "sporadic reports" of demonstrations at Toyota dealerships by the UAW, and a sampling of dealerships seemed to back up that assessment.

On Monday, July 12, UAW President Bob King said Monday, July 12, that union members and retirees had started demonstrating at Toyota dealerships to pressure the company to allow union organization of its U.S. plants and to protest Toyota's closing this year of the New United Motor Manufacturing Inc. plant. King said informational pickets were at Toyota dealerships in California and New York.

Five Toyota dealerships near the NUMMI plant in Fremont, Calif., contacted by Automotive News midweek, Weds. said they have had not had any protests. Recently Four major dealerships in New York City and New Jersey also said midweek Weds. they did not have any demonstrators.

The UAW is holding the campaigns -- called "bannering" because of the large banners held by members -- in California, Missouri, Iowa, New York, Illinois, Massachusetts, Kentucky and Minnesota. All UAW regions are expected to participate.

— Ryan Beene and Diana T. Kurylko

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