http://detnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080318/AUTO01/803180341/1148Toyota Motor Corp. engaged in unfair labor practices to sway workers at an Ontario plant where a representation election may be held this week, the Machinists union said in a complaint to the provincial government.
Communications sent to workers at the Cambridge, Ontario, factory "crossed the line set by the law, which prevents employers from intimidating and unduly influencing employees to vote against a union," the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers said in a statement Monday.
The complaint was filed with Ontario's Labour Relations Board, union spokesman Bill Trbovich said. The vote is tentatively set for Thursday, union organizer Ian Morland said in a Friday interview.
The Machinists union filed last Thursday for a vote for 3,100 of the plant's workers with Ontario's Labour Ministry. The factory employs 5,059 people, according to the company's Web site.
Machinists organizers began collecting cards from Cambridge workers in November indicating whether they supported union representation. More than 40 percent of cards turned in were in favor, Morland said.