Tennessee is so 2011 for the UAW. The hot new locale for foreign plant organizing campaigns is Mississippi, where the UAW is trying to organize workers at a Nissan truck plant.
The union has tried to organize before – campaigns in 2005 and 2007 ended with the UAW unable to even organize a vote. According to Reuters, the UAW has been working over the last 6 months to unionize the plant in Canton, which builds the Nissan Titan, Quest and Altima.
Union President Bob King apparently feels that an automaker backlash against organizing will drive workers to unionize. History, of course, is not on the UAW’s side, with foreign plants located in the South being famously hostile to the UAW. King accused Nissan of mis-representing the UAW to workers during information sessions held at the plant, but a Nissan spokesman told AN
“We’re giving them factual information about the history of the UAW and the lack of success that they have had with their employees and with the companies that they’ve represented…”
To say that the UAW has an uphill battle against them is an understatement. Mississippi’s governor has even said that intervention on his part would be possible if the UAW tried to organize at the Nissan plant.