Yuri Kageyama of the Associated Press reported early this morning that Toyota will stop building Hino trucks at its TABC Inc., plant in Long Beach, Calif. Production will be be moved to Hino's other U.S. plant in West Virginia by July, according to a statement by Hino spokesman Hidenobu Tezuka.
That plant will continue to make parts for
Hanson reports that Louie Diaz, a TABC employee and vice president of Teamsters Local 848TABC workers said they were given a deadline of today to consider the buyout offer, (Hanson doesn’t say when employees were told about it) but that deadline may be extended. The Teamsters represent more than 500 workers at the site.
"It's an unfortunate situation where the company is taking good jobs from Long Beach and sending them off to facilities all over the place in other states," Diaz told Hanson. "We're very concerned."
As noted, the plant doesn’t have all its eggs in the Hino basket. The plant will continue to make other parts, so some workers will stay.
Elsewhere, Harley-Davidson announced it is cutting 370 unionized and 360 nonproduction workers from the payroll. Sales of the bikes are down in the