Nissan Launches Anti-Union Blitz Ahead of Pivotal UAW Election

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Workers install doors on a 2016 Nissan Motor Company Altima mid-size vehicle at the company's North America manufacturing plant in Canton, Mississippi, on September 8, 2016. The US Census Bureau is scheduled to release durable goods figures on September 28. Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Reprinted from Mother Jones by Dave Jamieson on July 30, 2017.

Last week, managers at the Nissan manufacturing plant in Canton, Mississippi, pulled workers off the floor and into large group meetings. Using slides to make their case, they tried to show employees all the bad things that can happen after unionizing.

“They’re telling you you’re gonna lose this, you’re gonna lose that. You may go on a strike, and if you go on a strike, you’ll be replaced by a replacement worker,” said Michael Carter, a 14-year veteran at the facility who supports the union. “It’s a lot of fear and intimidation.”

These “roundtable” talks, as they’re known inside the plant, are a sign of the extraordinarily high stakes in the upcoming union election slated for this Thursday and Friday. If the United Auto Workers manage to win a majority at the Canton facility, it will give the Detroit-based union a few thousand new members and a strong toehold in the Southern auto industry. …

Mother Jones 7/30

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