A blog (mostly) about the auto industry, by an engineer who works in it.
NUMMI is closing because of the high cost of doing business in California. Toyota pays comparable wages to its non-union assembly line workers in Indiana and Kentucky ($27 and $29/hr respectively). While NUMMI is a union plant where assembly line workers make ???? wait for it ???? thats right a whopping $31/hr, lol. And that is due to the $2 COLA adjustment,lol. Labor costs should be replaced with benefit costs since the hourly wage is nearly identical despite California being the most costly state to live in. HMMMMMM, NUMMI will close for many reasons none of which is the wages of its workforce.
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