Tags: automobiles, minivans, unions, United Auto Workers, Chrysler, Volkswagen, Walter Reuther, corporate profits, downsizing, outsourcing, right-to-work
Mission Impossible: Finding a Minivan Made in America by Union Workers
by WALTER BRASCH
Last year, not one of the 491,687 new minivans sold in the United States was made in America by unionized workers.
Some were manufactured overseas by companies owned by non-American manufacturers. The Kia Sedona, with 24,047 sales, was built in South Korea, Russia, and the Philippines. The MAZDA5, with 19,155 sales, was built in China, Japan, and Taiwan.
Some minivans from Japanese companies were built in the U.S., but by non-unionized workers. Honda sold 107,068 Odysseys built in Alabama. Toyota Siennas, built in Indiana, went to 111,429 persons. The Nissan Quest, built in Ohio, had 12,199 sales.