• R2Dad Posted: 4/6/2010 8:32am PDT

    And the lessons would be....???

  • bengt avatar Bengt Posted: 4/6/2010 10:08am PDT

    It's a teaser to listen to the radio report... But among the lessons are that GM didn't change its core management structure and the way it dealt with labor at its plants quickly enough. The comparisons/contrasts to GM's other West Coast plant at Van Nuys are particularly interesting.

  • Jay Posted: 4/6/2010 11:46am PDT

    How is it possible that GM caused this plant to close according to your article? GM accounted for less than 20% for the production! This was all about toyota wanting to stop having to deal with the UAW which is really sad for toyota in the long run as they shift production to other plants with the same high quality product being produced!

  • fb_1510606196 avatar Carl Posted: 4/7/2010 10:19am PDT

    You got it, Jay. Also, the location is a very expensive one from a tax and wages standpoint. California is also a hotbed of aggresive trial lawyers.

  • jznzfz Posted: 4/8/2010 10:24am PDT

    "The plant remained until the end Toyota's only U.S. plant with UAW workers"
    Well......DUH!!!

  • uaw bye Posted: 4/20/2010 11:17am PDT

    "reputation for poor quality, poor workplace morale, and excessive absenteeism". That is what you get when you pay people 5 times what they are worth, and you can not even fire the worst of the bunch due to the union contract. You can train a person to work the line in an hour, yet the UAW members complain about 30 dollar an hour jobs! Factory jobs should be minimum wage. Bring the factory back to the USA, offer 8 bucks an hour. There would be a line around the block of applicants. Cars would be about half the price of current levels. People would buy more if they were not so expensive. It has gotten out of hand the price we pay for automobiles so the workers can have the cottage, boat, blah blah blah. If you want to start and raise a family, get an education and use your mind, or get used to the fact you will have a long hard life. Good Luck!