July 14, 2017
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel
Canton, MI, – The United Auto Workers filed a petition July 10 requesting a vote on union representation at Nissan Motors’ Mississippi factory.
“The only thing that we want is an opportunity to have a fair election, get us a contract to where we can negotiate with the company, so we can negotiate our safety, our benefits and our pay,” body shop technician Rahmeel Nash, who has worked at the plant for 14 years, said at a union rally July 11. A National Labor Relations Board spokesperson told the Associated Press that the UAW asked to represent all 6,400 production and maintenance workers, which could include contract and temporary workers hired through outside companies. Nissan, which is facing several NLRB charges of illegally interfering with organizing, said it would campaign against the union, “to provide employees with all the facts to ensure that they make the best decision for them and the Canton community.” The UAW petition asked for the vote to be held on July 31 and Aug. 1. A win would make the Canton factory the first foreign-owned auto plant in the South where all workers are unionized. Read more
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