Detroit's Secret Plan to Hobble Toyota? UAW (Still) Trying to Organize at Kentucky Plant By Ken Wheaton. Published on March 15, 2007. Most Popular The UAW is claiming it's making headway at a Toyota plant. Good for them! They've had such rousing success in making GM, Ford and Chrysler the nimble, competitive companies that they are. As Mickey Kaus says: "U.A.W. [wage] levels are nice and steady! It's the jobs that disappear. And maybe the companies." Luckily for Toyota employees and buyers, the claim seems to be more boast than anything.