Nissan workers will get a pay raise without the help of the Union. Or maybe they get a pay raise to help keep the union out.
Nissan has told its employees it will increase their wages starting in October at its Canton, Miss., and Smyrna, Tenn., assembly plants, as well as its Decherd, Tenn., engine plant. Pay will increase by 55 cents an hour for production employees and 65 cents an hour for maintenance technicians, the Washington Post says.
According to the Post, “the pay raises come as the United Auto Workers try to unionize workers at the Canton and Smyrna plants.“
On top, all workers, including contract workers, will receive what Nissan calls “recognition payments” in June. Those bonus payments were stopped for a time during the recession.
Nissan says production workers in Canton now make an average of $24.47 an hour, while maintenance workers make $28.49, on average. In Smyrna, the company says production workers make $26.47 on average, while maintenance workers make $30.49 on average.