According to Automotive News [sub] and other media reports, the UAW is trying again to unionize Nissan’s Canton, Miss,, plant. A rally was held over the weekend. It is hard to believe that the UAW is serious, given the fact that it had tried two times, and failed two times.
It is amazing that anyone would be trying to organize in the Deep South. According to Gulf Live, “the UAW had representation in place at one Southern auto plant.” That was Saturn’s Spring Hill plant, and it is closed. If it is opened again, the UAW can proudly announce that it is welcome in the South.
Someone else does not think the UAW is serious. The National Labor Relations Board told the Associated Press that no petition has been filed seeking a union vote in Canton.
On the other hand, now is a good time to try. Workers at all Japanese transplant plants are working around the clock to meet the increased demand. Handing out some bonuses probably would destroy any chances of union success.