UAW Targeting Nissan's Mississippi Plant

Derek Kreindler
by Derek Kreindler
uaw targeting nissan s mississippi plant

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.

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  • DubTee1480 DubTee1480 on Jun 10, 2012

    As someone who lives in the state in question, the ignorance displayed in some of the posts here is appalling. The stereotyping really doesn't make you appear any better than the people you're painting with such a broad brush.

    • "scarey" "scarey" on Jun 10, 2012

      I have visited there and driven through several times, and enjoyed it very much.I apologize for the slurs against your state. It seems that some of the posters here snuck into the 'best and brightest' forum. Of course, anyone can post anything on the internet, either truthful statements, or uninformed garbage .With very little effort you can usually tell which is which. By the way, the Governor of Mississippi's name is Bryant. I don't know if he is a democrat or a republican, but he got 62% of the vote, so either he did something right, or the other party did something wrong.

  • Cheezeweggie Cheezeweggie on Jun 10, 2012

    As much as I cant stand to see the UAW set foot in any in a Nissan plant, I don't think the governor of Mississippi had any right to intercede in any legal organization effort. The last time I recall this type of "government intervention" was in Germany in the 1930's.

  • Obbop Obbop on Jun 10, 2012

    AMA (American Medical Association). Basically, the doctor union that does not receive the negative propaganda dispensed from an array of sources that the unions for those loathsome low-class commoner scum vermin who do not know their proper low position within the pyramid-shaped socio-economic hierarchy. Commies!!!!!!!!!!! Destroyers of "capitalism." AMA cuddles up to Congress often. Limit enrollment to medical schools, artificially raise doctor income. But that is all-American. A small amount of easily-done Web research will reveal what prompts my anger. So many bleating citizen-sheep; well-indoctrinated via the life-long brainwashing all of us are immersed within. Love it or leave it.

  • Indi500fan Indi500fan on Jun 10, 2012

    Mississippi is a right to work state. So even if the union gets in how many pay dues?