Recently an industry observer commented in the press that Toyota’s contract employees will not be entitled to vote. He may know about cars but he obviously doesn’t know much about Ontario labour law.

Toyota’s contract workers are employees like everyone else and will be eligible to vote. The only difference is that they have less job security, and fewer benefits.

“Toyota contract workers are indisputably regular employees,” said Unifor Chief Legal Counsel Lewis Gottheil, “and are entitled to sign a card, vote and participate in the union.”

Unifor President Jerry Dias said: “Unifor is committed to include and represent all Toyota team members, including the contract employees. They deserve a collective agreement that brings them into parity with other Toyota workers.”