Toyota is closing their plant in Fremont – so much for Solorio’s media campaign!

Jose Solorio sucks again

So much for Assemblyman Jose Solorio’s “California is Golden” media campaign…Toyota has announced that they are closing their manufacturing plant in Fremont.

Here are some excerpts about this from the Contra Costa Times:

There’s plenty of blame to go around. Clearly, labor costs were a factor. NUMMI is the only unionized Toyota factory in the country. Its workers earn about $27 to $28 an hour in wages, compared to about $15 to $20 at Toyota’s other factories in North America. Clearly, the state’s political response was pathetic, with legislators promising help to keep Toyota in California but failing to actually act, leaving bills bottled up in committee while Toyota moved forward with its decision.

But to blame the unions or blame lawmakers misses the bigger point: California is struggling to preserve manufacturing jobs. The state must find a way to stay nationally and globally competitive while still paying a livable wage to workers. The 4,700 NUMMI jobs will be lost, as will thousands of ancillary positions at companies that provide the Fremont plant with parts and supplies.

California is not golden Jose.  You and your fellow legislators have turned shiny gold into yucky mold…

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