Ballots are sealed in Toyota union voting
CAMBRIDGE, Ontario - Toyota Motor Corp. might not know for weeks - if ever - the vote count in its first North American union election.
In accordance with Canadian law, after employees finished voting on Saturday, July 7, on the Canadian Auto Workers' bid to represent Toyota's plant in Cambridge, Ontario, the ballot boxes were sealed until Toyota and the union sort out a procedural disagreement.
Toyota claims the CAW did not have enough employee votes to call for the election. The CAW claims that 40 percent of the plant's work force had asked for a union election. Under Canadian law, once 40 percent of a work force calls for an election, it must be held within five business days.
Ontario authorities will give the argument its first hearing in late July. Until the case is settled, the ballot boxes will not be opened. If the province rules in favor of Toyota, the votes will never be counted.
- Lindsay Chappell
VW offers 50,000-mile warranty
DETROIT - Volkswagen of America Inc. has beefed up its warranty for 2002 models.
The vehicles will come with a four-year or 50,000 mile bumper-to-bumper warranty. That is up from two years or 24,000 miles. For the first time, the warranty covers wear-and-tear for the first year or 12,000 miles.
A transferable powertrain warranty covers five years or 60,000 miles. That's down from 10 years or 100,000 miles, but it was transferable only from the original owner to a family member.
- Julie Cantwell
GM to drop LTV as steel supplier
CLEVELAND - General Motors will stop buying steel from LTV Corp. by the end of the year as it reduces the number of its suppliers.
GM wants to deal with a select number of steel suppliers, but LTV is the only supplier GM has decided to drop, spokesman David Barnas said Friday, July 6, according to The Associated Press.
LTV is operating under bankruptcy protection and is in negotiations with its creditors and unions on a restructuring plan that would allow the company to remain in business.