Lexus has decided to drop its partnership with the Alliance for American Manufacturing, a union that represents more than 1,500 auto manufacturing plants.
The company says the alliance has no influence over how it makes its vehicles, and its decision is “an important milestone in our long relationship with our customers.”
“This is not the end of the alliance,” the company said in a statement.
“We remain committed to working with the Automotive Workers Union to create a future where all workers have the opportunity to earn a fair wage, fair benefits, and a secure retirement.”
The union has been working to make changes in the auto industry to improve working conditions and wages, and has been calling on the companies that supply their vehicles to pay their workers a living wage.
“There’s no doubt that our alliance is a great example of the importance of unions and their contributions to American workers and our economy,” President Joe Biden said in June, “and our intention will always be to maintain our relationship with all of our auto partners, even if it means that our union is not involved in their operations.”
In the meantime, Lexus says it is “committed to working collaboratively with our members to make sure they have the tools to support their families and their careers.”
Lexus CEO Masayoshi Son says he is “shocked and saddened” that the alliance “is ending.”
“We have always believed that the Alliance was the best opportunity to improve conditions for our workers and provide benefits that the industry had not previously seen,” Son said in the statement.
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