martinMike Martin has been with Toyota four years, one year full time. He works in Woodstock in the paint department. Mike is 49 years old and lives in Delhi.

Why he supports Unifor

“It’s not just about what is happening in the plant, but across Ontario. If our wages go down, supplier wages go down and then others too. We have to make sure we have steady income,” and he sees Unifor protecting against the erosion of wages and benefits.

“If our wages are 30, they are at 20 (dollars an hour) but if ours drops theirs will drop to 15,” he said of wages paid to suppliers.

“I don’t want my friends to take a hit.”

That is also true of benefits and pension and he does not want to see Toyota cut pensions as they already have with contract workers, moving them to a defined contribution plan.

“I now have a pension but I’m not sure how secure that is. They can put an end to that.”

He also does not like work being assigned at “group leader discretion.” meaning they favor some workers at the expense of others.

“There has been harassment,” in the plant at the hands of management.

Stay tuned to meet more Toyota workers who support the union!