Nissan Workers in Mississippi Vote on Whether to Unionize

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In this August 2, 2017 photo, a United Auto Workers member encourages employees to vote for the union at an entrance to the Nissan vehicle assembly plant in Canton, Mississippi. Voting started Thursday in Mississippi among 3,700 employees who are deciding whether the UAW union should bargain for them with Nissan Motor Co. (Rogelio Solis/Associated Press)

Reprinted from The Washington Post by Jeff Amy on August 3, 2017.

Workers at Nissan Motor Co.’s Mississippi assembly plant cast ballots Thursday to decide whether to be represented by the United Auto Workers union.

The voting by 3,700 assembly and maintenance workers began before dawn inside the plant. The National Labor Relations Board will accept ballots through 7 p.m. Friday.

On one side are workers who say they need a union to give them a voice in their workplace, to protect against arbitrary treatment, and to bargain for better benefits and pay. …

Washington Post 8/3


Bernie Sanders and DNC Chair Tom Perez Attack Nissan for Anti-Union Campaign in Mississippi

Reprinted from The Washington Post by David Weigel on August 3, 2017.

Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) and Democratic National Committee chairman Tom Perez offered some last-minute encouragement for a unionization effort at a Nissan plant in Canton, Mississippi — a drive that is expected to end in defeat Friday after a vigorous anti-union campaign.

“Supervisors have called workers off assembly lines for one-on-one interrogations. Anti-union videos are being run on a constant loop in employee break rooms,” Sanders wrote in a column for the Guardian. “Groups of workers have been called into ’roundtable’ meetings to hear management disparage the United Auto Workers. Nissan has been saturating local TV and radio with anti-union propaganda.”

In a video statement, Perez — a former labor secretary — accused Nissan of an “outrageous campaign to intimidate its workers, threatening plant closures, pay cuts and all-out retribution against those who threat to unionize.” …

Washington Post 8/3


Workers at Mississippi Nissan Plant Casting Ballots on Union

Reprinted from The New York Times by the Associated Press on August 4, 2017.

Workers at a Nissan auto assembly plant in Mississippi are voting on whether they want the United Auto Workers union to bargain for them.

Voting among roughly 3,700 production workers at Nissan Motor Co.’s Canton assembly complex concludes at 7 p.m. Friday. The National Labor Relations Board is conducting the secret-ballot election after workers filed for UAW representation in July.

The union has struggled to expand beyond its stronghold at Detroit automakers to foreign-owned plants, especially in the southern United States. …

NY Times 8/4

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