BMW warehouse workers in Ontario, CA protest against company’s layoff plans

News | July 19th, 2011 by 8
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Autoblog reports on a series of protests from BMW’s parts distribution warehouse workers in Ontario, California. Teamsters Local 495 have information about BMW’s plans to …

Autoblog reports on a series of protests from BMW’s parts distribution warehouse workers in Ontario, California.

Teamsters Local 495 have information about BMW’s plans to lay off approximately 100 employees in the next month, as a way to cut costs. The teamsters, out of which many have more than 10 years of experience with BMW, would be then replaced by outsourced workers. As a way to fight against decision that would leave them with no jobs and salaries, they have launched a press release and also set-up a website, BMWUltimateMisery.com, where they publish press articles and news that refer to their situation.

The union workers are sending out their message and requests through a video campaign on Vimeo, and they are also threatening to picket BMW dealerships.

BMW warehouse workers in Ontario, CA protest against companys layoff plans

BMWBLOG reached out to BMW of North America for an official statement and we will update the article if necessary.

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  • Adam23

    I don’t like Unions. They are the main reason why unemployment is so high.

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  • Giom

    I agree Adam23. Lay-offs is a part of business life – it’s not fun, but it is necessary for the future of the company and future employment of hundreds of thousends of employees. Gosh, it’s not hard to figure out…

  • Bmwinla2002

     Layoffs might be necessary but this was not one of those times. Its simple corporate greed as usual. These were hard working people who stood by that company since the 70′s. They made more money than any luxury car maker around and use our American bailout money. There is no reason to layoff these workers.

  • Lekkousa

    Don’t give me the “corporate greed”, this is all about governments making it increasingly harder to operate a viable business in the United States, thus they must strive to lower costs at all levels.
    The irony of this situation is that I have been lectured by German business people many times on how unfair our “anglo-saxon” model of capitalism is to workers. In Germany they crow, we make sure our workers get living wages and benefits.
    However when they expand overseas they seek out the lowest cost areas with the most lax labor laws and least union membership.
     I guess their egalitarianism ends at the waters edge?

  • blu535

    american’s claim to free market economy as a birth right. why can’t a why can’t a free market job market exist. ohh, the union’s…
    if the workers would all take a pay reduction i am sure they all can keep their jobs. but that wouldnt look good for the unions. why with all the contribution money going to the unions.

  • blu535

    american’s claim to free market economy as a birth right. why can’t a why can’t a free market job market exist. ohh, the union’s…
    if the workers would all take a pay reduction i am sure they all can keep their jobs. but that wouldnt look good for the unions. why with all the contribution money going to the unions.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_X6TR2SLR6G2CCJPTATXXDJ3DPY jake, fedup.

    If the union was an ASSET to BMW, BMW would keep it. The union is a massive unsustainable LIABILITY and has caused BMW to seek options.  LIKE FREEDOM OF CHOICE. It’s what AMERICA is based on. So bye bye.

     if you are the ASSET employee, they will give you the choice to stay. But don’t think your worth a premium as a order picker.  I did that as kid. It’s not hard.

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