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Mother Muckraker is an internal newsletter at the now defunct New United Motor Manufacturing, Inc. (NUMMI) in Fremont, CA. The newsletter seeks to debunk the lies and misinformation spread by Toyota and their "company activists"; and more importantly, inform NUMMI union employees about the real reason why Toyota closed their award winning auto plant on April 1, 2010. NUMMI is dead, but Mother Muckraker lives on to serve as a testament to the greedy machinations of Toyota management. Stay tuned for updates.



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Monday, February 15, 2010

How to discredit NUMMI workers in 10 easy steps

From: MM003 2/12/10

Step 1: Raise trumped up charges of impropriety by union leaders.
Juan Castillo claims in his "Saving Nummi" article that our union leaders made the grievous transgression of "tanning by the pool". One look at their beer bellies will tell anyone with an ounce of common sense that they are not the type of folks that "tan by the pool". They are busy working out the best deal they can for us and it takes time.

Step 2: Create false unanimous support against the union.
Juan claims 3682 signatures were obtained. 3764 NUMMI workers were sent notices of their layoff. So 98 out of 100 people signed the petition?

Step 3: Set up an alternative union meeting one week ahead of the usual meeting time.
Normally, union meetings are on the last Sunday of every month. The organizers, Juan Castillo and Maria Gregg, set it up for 1/24/10. Since its 1 week ahead of schedule, it presumes some sort of urgency.

Step 4: Create invitation that presumes a violent outcome.

In the invitation behind the 1/20/10 Autoworkers Newsletter, it says among other things:

"NUMMI workers outraged...."
"We are ready to demonstrate..."
"This 'powder keg’ is ready to ignite!"
"Be there for the show."

Outraged. Demonstrate. Powder Keg. Ignite. The Show. It looks like its time to get angry!!

Step 5: Invite news media
They have to be there to witness "the show".

Step 6: Hire loud obnoxious hecklers to raise tension and incite a riot.
The white haired guy was putting on quite a show by yelling at Javier at the top of his lungs. Who is that guy? Does he even work at NUMMI? And after everyone got off their chairs, the cameraman can be heard yelling, "F--- him up!! F--- him up!!! Beat his A--!! Beat his A--" This kind of tactic of using "agent provocateurs" is straight out of the playbook of right-wingers at town hall meetings. It's the oldest trick in the book. The FBI used it with the Black Panthers back in the 60s. They do it at town hall meetings; and now, it's at the Local 2244 union hall.

Step 7: Bring video cams and film the juicy bits that the event was designed to instigate.
First cam by unknown miscreant pointing towards the front. Maria Gregg facing towards crowd. Second cam by Maria Gregg facing towards crowd and the podium.  We will examine the first cam by the pottymouth cameraman talking to the white hair guy as it proves this was all a setup.

1st cam from back - "Riot" Video:

2nd cam - Maria Gregg filming from front of union hall:

:21-28 white hair guy yelling "you took our jobs!!!" and yelling other nonsense nonstop with Javier trying to tell everyone what's going on with our benefits.
:29 Javier: "you shut the f--- up you mother------!!"
:31 cameraman yelling "oooohh!! ooooh!!! f-- em up!! f--- em up ooooh!! beat his a---!! beat his a--!!"
:55 "oh s---! (gravely voice of white haired guy after yelling)
1:13 cameraman: "no, but who told you to shut the f--- up?"
1:17 white hairguy: "it was ah ah javier"
1:19 white hair guy "eh, did you video tape this?"
1:21 cameraman "yeah yeah I got.."
1:22 white haired guy "get that s--- on you tube"
1:25 white hair guy "he f-----n told me you shut the f--- up... he threw a f----n bomb"

After everyone got up out of their seats, the desired effect was accomplished and both the white haired guy and cameraman were elated. The cameraman knew they were there to incite a riot and he added more fuel to the fire. The white haired guy goes back to the cameraman right away and talks about what happened and made sure it was caught on video and posted up.

Step 8: Call cops
They got off their chairs! Its serious! Good golly geez. Javier said the F-word!! Call the cops!! Someone had the Fremont Police on speed dial.

Step 9: Post videos on You Tube
The white haired screamer tells the cameraman "Put that s--- on You Tube!!". Maria Gregg also dutifully puts hers on You Tube.

Step 10: Send videos to news media

The Result
The public does not distinguish between UAW, United Alliance, Nummi worker. or even their detractors. When people see the video, all it does is reinforce stereotypes of "union people" as thugs, lazy, and ill-mannered. Our achievements here at NUMMI are tossed aside. Public opinion is swayed against us receiving any fair compensation here at NUMMI. And in the future, it jeopardizes our future employment as we are all associated with being trouble-makers.

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