Nissan Miss. plant workers reject unionization

Nissan Miss. plant workers reject unionization
John Irwin Twitter
Automotive News | August 5, 2017 – 12:09 am EST
Workers at Nissan’s Canton, Miss., assembly plant have rejected unionization in a 2,244 to 1,307 vote. The outcome delivers another setback to the UAW’s decades-long quest to organize foreign automakers’ assembly plants in the South.

Workers at Nissan’s Canton, Miss., assembly plant have rejected unionization.

By a margin of 2,244 to 1,307, workers voted against UAW representation, giving the union yet another blow in its decades-long quest to organize foreign automakers’ assembly plants in the South.

“The courageous workers of Nissan, who fought tirelessly for union representation alongside community and civil-rights leaders, should be proud of their efforts to be represented by the UAW,” said UAW President Dennis Williams in a statement. “The result of the election was a setback for these workers, the UAW and working Americans everywhere, but in no way should it be considered a defeat.”

Nissan said in a statement, “With this vote, the voice of Nissan employees has been heard. They have rejected the UAW and chosen to self-represent, continuing the direct relationship they enjoy with the company. Our expectation is that the UAW will respect and abide by their decision and cease their efforts to divide our Nissan family.”

The vote comes after intense public pressure by both parties. The UAW amped up pressure on Nissan through public rallies involving U.S. politicians and civil rights activists. Nissan, meanwhile, was alleged by the UAW and the National Labor Relations Board of intimidating employees ahead of the vote.

“American workers need champions more than ever,” said Williams. “The workers of Nissan deserve to have the job security, safe working conditions and collective bargaining power that come only from belonging to a union. The UAW will continue to be on the frontlines of that fight for all workers.”

The vote follows a federal indictment last week that alleged former Fiat Chrysler labor chief Alphons Iacobelli worked with the late UAW Vice President General Holiefield to funnel millions of dollars out of a worker training fund to themselves. Ahead of the vote, Nissan used the scandal, which the UAW and FCA have pinned on rogue actors, as evidence of the union’s alleged corruption.

Share
Seniority Lists
Recent Posts!
Bargaining Committee

Chairman
Mike Herron
President
Tim Stannard
Zone at Large – 1st
Danny Taylor
Zone at Large – 2nd
Mark Wilkerson
Committeepersons
Joe McClure
Chad Poynor
Steve Roberts
Derek Lewis
Bill Cundiff
Kirk Zebbs
Don Numinen
Jay Minella
Danny Bragg
Chris Hill
Rashad Thomas
Keith Oswald
Chris Brown

1853 Officers

President
Tim Stannard
Chairman
Mike Herron
Vice President
Darrell DeJean
Financial Secretary
Mark Wunderlin
Recording Secretary
Peggy Mullins
Trustee (3)
Jay Lowe
Dave Clements
Dave Spare
Sgt. at Arms
David C Spare
Guide
Ashley Holloway
E-Board at Large (2)
David Ryder
Steve Roberts
GM Unit Chair
Mike Herron
Leadec Unit Chair
Larry Poole
Ryder Unit Chair
Patrick Linck
AFV Unit Chair
Neil Osborne
Retiree Chair
Mike Martinez

Get Text Alerts



asdasdsd

*Standard text messaging rates may apply from your carrier