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Toyota rewards Japanese workers

Posted by: Ian Rowley on March 15, 2007

Much is made of how Toyota benefits from its non-union employees in the United States, but it’s a bit different back home. In Japan, Toyota Motor Workers’ Union has 58,000 members. What’s more, with the financial year ending later this month in Japan, pay negotiation is in full flow.

Still, union membership doesn’t mean Japanese Toyota workers can expect huge rises. According to reports in the Japanese media, Toyota rebuffed union demands for a rise of $12.77 in the monthly base wage. Instead, a wage rise of $8.51 was agreed earlier this week—the same rise as last year. That may seem harsh given that Toyota’s Japanese workforce still makes over half of all its cars and, last year, raised exports by over 20%.

Still, it’s not all bad for the folks on the production line. For one thing, Honda’s only raising its month pay rate by $7.70 a month. More important, Toyota has agreed to another union demand for a bigger bonus. This year, that’s expected to reach a record $21,964—an increase of $1,787. With Toyota’s profits set to keep on growing, next year could even better.

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Ray Greenfield

April 5, 2007 04:55 PM

Your theory of internal combustion is seriously flawed.

I address this e-mail to all the big automakers who obviously will not agree with this, but I will be heard before I mysteriously disappear like so many others have in the past. If I was to tell you how you could truly improve the overall design in relation to that internal combustion engine, you would just laugh at me like you did in the mid-nineteen eighties when I approach all the auto companies with a similar technical challenge. Well! Boys I'm much older now and a lot wiser too, for I just might be laughing at all of you, and all of that useless billion-dollar research that you hold so dear to your corporate hearts. The overall fuel air mixture ratio for those internal combustion engines has always been quite poor; therefore my question combination answer to you would be one of simple logic. "Why is an engine's fuel consumption so high?" The year is 2007, and your college educated engineers working with unlimited financial resources for countless decades now, have not redesigned the internal combustion engine too meet that fuel air mixture ratio. And the most shocking aspect has been one of puzzlement for me. With all that money spent or should I say wasted on research, nothing has really changed.

I still find it hard to believe that after all this time; these overpaid engineers remain blind to this one important factor, “that if any engine could be altered without changing the mechanical devices overall size and shape, the battle for superior fuel economy might just be accomplished.” “What are we up to now; “thirty miles to the gallon when driving in the city?” “ And forty miles per gallon, highway?” “Why not seventy five miles to a gallon city, and one hundred miles to a gallon highway” and if we use our imaginations which many of your engineers obviously no longer process, we may even increase that by a factor of ten or more.

If you truly want to sell that gas guzzling SUV once again, then you must meet the fuel economy quotation at lest halfway. Now use your own imagination as I run a small fuel versus top prices scenario here. If you really want to bring back that loyal large truck buying public then you're going to have to meet the fuel air ratio combination at lest halfway. That's all I can say about it for now, since my once beloved country now exercises unconstitutional restraints on scientific thought, as well as any prudent ideas that may come from those thoughts.

Now ask yourself as question? How many more large vehicles could I sell, if a SUV or an RV engine could be altered making it capable of getting over a hundred miles to a gallon? The answer is quite obvious; you would probably out sell those Japanese owned and operated car companies to the point of bankruptcy. Think! Now! With that new and improved fantastic fuel economy, you would definitely sell a hell of a lot more of those oversize trucks "right?" Let's not stop there, for you should set your sights even higher. Therefore that same truck that only gets twenty two miles per gallon would remain on the sells lot. On the other hand the modified vehicles would not only sell out quickly, but there would definitely be a very long waiting list, as the publics demand for the new and improve gas engines began to take notice.

I'm just a poor tinkering amateur mechanic and electronic technician who obviously understands why the big three are hurting at this present time. Your highly paid engineers have once again let you down by not using their God-given imaginations to its fullest potential. I on the other hand have only my scientifically based imagination, which sees the world in three dimensions “NOT TWO.” Contact me at my e-mail address or phone # below, if you’re a struggling Car company who is truly serious about changing its luck. I can be employed a hell of a lot cheaper than a criminally overpaid CEO, who just ran his billion-dollar Car company right into the ground.

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