By on April 29, 2014

Nissan Mississippi Plant

The battle for Chattanooga may have come to a close for the time being, but the United Auto Workers is seeking mediation from the U.S. State Department in their fight for the Nissan plant in Canton, Miss., with Geneva, Switzerland-based IndustriALL Global Union at their side.

Detroit Free Press reports the UAW is claiming interferance by Nissan in its attempts to organize the plant, stating the automaker “should abide by global [labor] standards that the United States and other countries have agreed on.” Nissan, for its part, has begged to differ thus far:

Nissan respects the labor laws of every country in which we operate. Allegations by the UAW that suggest otherwise are untrue and unfounded. Twice already, Nissan employees in the U.S. have voted against having the UAW represent them.

The mediation would be conducted by the State Department’s National Contact Point, a tool used by members of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development to maintain compliance with the organization’s guidelines for international companies such as Nissan. A decision to mediate is expected in around three months.

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18 Comments on “UAW, IndustriALL Seek Mediation Over Mississippi Nissan Plant...”

  • avatar

    I’d like to know how much money, profitability, and time is wasted each year by this UAW nonsense. If they vote it down, go away.

    • 0 avatar

      Patience. All these challenges cost money, and the UAW will eventually run out, unless it’s successful somewhere outside of the shrinking domestic makers’ workforce. They have to try, or they’re facing oblivion, since they don’t seem willing to merge with another union like CAW did.

  • avatar

    State department? Global union? This just gets better and better.

    I’m sure Secy Kerry can take time out of the Syrian conflict and the pending invasion of Ukraine to mediate your union dispute, Bob.

    • 0 avatar

      Tell me this is not Russia. A Union getting the Government to pressure a company to accept there demands

      • 0 avatar

        Not quite yet as Putin enjoys an 80% approval rating, issued or “obtained approval” for a 13% flat tax in 2001, is respected in most of the world, and unlike the US President who regularly smokes cigarettes, effectively banned smoking in public places in 2013. I certainly don’t trust Putin, but if the President emulated only some of Putin’s positive things he and my country would be much better off.

        “But now Putin, with his approval rating at 80 percent”

        “In 2001, Putin obtained approval for a flat tax rate of 13%;[145][146] the corporate rate of tax was also reduced from 35 percent to 24 percent”

        “Vladimir Putin has signed a law banning smoking in public places in Russia from June, a cornerstone of the government’s bid to improve public health in the nicotine-addicted country. ”

  • avatar

    This article was on Facebook. Best summary I have ever seen.

    Sit down with me, children, and let me tell you about some of the great things labor unions have done for this country. The forty-hour week, safer working conditions, the defeat of the Pinkerton “bulls”, and, well, that’s probably about it. Many of the advances credited to labor unions by people who never bothered to read a history book are actually due to legislation. That’s okay. History, as the man who once doubled the wages he paid his employees without the pressure of a union to make him do it said, is bunk.

    Now let’s talk about what the UAW has done for American workers. It created the “job banks”, where people were paid to do nothing. It created the seniority system that paid people $100,000 a year to sweep floors while young people were mercilessly shuffled off into a low-wage “tier”. It ensured that every automobile built by its employees during a time when American automakers were in the fight of their lives came out of the factory at the highest possible labor cost while simultaneously offering the lowest possible quality, often because the cars were sabotaged by overpaid workers who were encouraged to despise their employer, their product, and their customer.

    Not satisfied yet? Don’t forget the best part of all.

    The UAW was so powerful, so successful, so brilliantly adept at crippling the corporate hosts to which it parasitically clung that those corporations risked everything to gamble on Mexican assembly. The all-American HEMI motor? Built in Saltillo, Mexico. The Ford Fusion, America’s last hope against the Camcords and Sonoptimas? Hecho in Mexico, amigo. The only way America can effectively compete in the automotive market is to build American cars somewhere besides America. Hundreds of thousands of American jobs were whisked away to Mexico and Korea because General Motors, Ford, and Chrysler realized that UAW labor was a luxury item that benefited no one but the folks snoozing away peaceful afternoons at the job bank.

    Every time the UAW won, America lost. It lost jobs. It lost skills. It lost the manufacturing floor space, the tooling, the machinery it needs to compete. And let’s get this straight: the problem isn’t the American worker. If you don’t believe me, then let’s take a ride to Greensburg, Indiana, so you can see for yourself.

    Greensburg is where the Honda Civic and Acura ILX sedans are built. These vehicles are among the highest-quality manufactured products money can buy anywhere in the world. They are built by workers who have never held a union card. The majority of these workers earn a wage that allows them and their families to enjoy the middle-class lifestyle that some would have you believe is the sole province of the pampered union saboteurs in Detroit factories. Most of them started as “temps”, earning ten bucks an hour to do simple labor, but now they earn twenty-five or thirty dollars an hour or more. Their managers are often recruited from the factory floor, not from a fancy Michigan MBA system that perpetuates an officer/enlisted division between management and labor. Seniority is irrelevant. Excellence matters and leaders of teams are often chosen by those teams.

    Of course, Greensburg, Indiana isn’t the only place you can find Americans living the American Dream by assembling “Japanese” or “German” cars. Non-UAW labor assembles some of the most popular vehicles in the country, and, to be frank, it assembles most of the higher-quality ones. These workers have rejected the UAW time and again ever since the first Accord rolled off the Ohio assembly lines, and they continue to do so every chance they get.

    What can the UAW offer them? Nothing except thuggish intimidation. It is a parasite that destroys the host. Don’t believe the canard, often proffered by left-wing professor types who would weep self-pitying tears of pain and sorrow an hour into their first shift on an assembly line, that the existence of the UAW is all that keeps the “transplants” from turning their plants into Upton-Sinclair-esque halls of horror and workplace mutilation. To begin with, the right of American workers to safe conditions and dignity is guaranteed by the government, not the UAW.

    But let’s say they’re right. What if the UAW is all that protects American workers in transplant factories from being forced to paint the cars using leaded paint and a brush? If the UAW dissolved permanently and the evil, slant-eyed Japanese Tojos started whipping the workers with steel-barbed instruments of torture while comically exchanging the letters “r” and “l” in their broken speech, how hard would it be to start a new union to which those abused workers would eagerly flock? You know the answer: it would happen in a heartbeat, and our beloved Chairman Obama would be the princeps among the resurgent Red tide.

    (Before you start enjoying the idea of the above scenario too much, it should be mentioned that the senior managers at most transplant factories are homegrown Americans, by which we mean “white people” and “black people”. In the case of Honda, the major plants have been under “American” control for decades now. If Japanese psuedo-samurai were required to beat the workers and make them do calisthenics, they would have to be imported.)

    Yes, a union would arise, were one needed, but that does nothing for the UAW itself, which has long since become a twisted, perverse organization devoted only to its own survival, a maggot of unimaginable proportions gnawing the flesh of a dying man, a factory in its own right, chewing its younger members into bloody pap so that its senior parasites can be richly fed. Why else would it fight so hard against the secret ballot and the established NLRB procedures? Why else would it openly intimidate men and women who simply want to work? Why else would it intimidate their families and their communities? If the UAW was anything besides an organized racket, preying on the young and the weak even while it destroys the factories in which they work, couldn’t it rely on the workers themselves to ask for it?

    You know the answer to that, and so do the workers, and so does the UAW. Thankfully, the men and women who work for Volkswagen in Chattanooga have resisted the intimidation, the pressure, the baying of a blue-lapdog media, and they’ve voted for themselves. For their families. For their futures. And wherever the standard of bravery is raised, others will see it. The Volkswagen vote was a vote against corruption, against parasitical blood-sucking, against intimidation. Make no mistake: we may always need unions in this country. But we no longer need the UAW. If, indeed, we ever did.

    • 0 avatar

      > This article was on Facebook. Best summary I have ever seen.

      So we’re just reposting FB reposts of chain emails here?

    • 0 avatar

      I have a feeling much of that won’t pass the snopes test.

    • 0 avatar

      exactly what is “wrong” with seniority?

      When youre getting near retirement age and have been on the job 40+ years isnt it kind of wrong to expect a 60+ year old to do the same strenuous job an 18 yr old is capable of?

      chances are that guy has already been there, done that in the days of lesser automation. hes “paid his dues”, so to speak.

      that kind of situation is rife for young bucks and bullies to age discriminate and stick the older people with the crappy jobs in the hopes they will go out disabled or just quit.

      where i work, seniority gives people the chance to try other possibly more interesting jobs. theyre given 60 days probation and are expected to learn to work to company standards and productivity numbers, and if not (or they decide they arent able) the person goes back to their old job.

      there are ways management can rig that game, too, but at least they get a shot.

      oh, and someone with seniority shouldnt be stuck on a graveyard shift if thats not what they want

      • 0 avatar

        This “seniority” concept is definitely a union thing. Boss comes to me and asks me to expand on a hack I did three years ago in order to turn it into system functionality. I don’t point to the 22yo kid we just hired and cite seniority, I want my team to accomplish its goals and be successful. I also don’t think giving medium level feature development work to someone whose been here a month is setting that person up for success. Conversely my brother who is in the police union, is now in the middle of the pack on his shift in terms of seniority due to a number of recent retirements. He’s been out of the academy almost two years and is 29, but he gets the better stuff vs some of the Gulf War era vets who are coming out of the next class. I look at such a system and in his case gov’t mismanagement, and I understand why folks can develop such a bad attitude.

  • avatar

    Ahh, yes… the LOVELY State of Mississippi, the armpit of the south.

    The state with the highest povery rate? Check.

    The state with the highest obesity rate? Check.

    The best schools in the country. The finest hospitals in the country… lol

    And I can’t think of another state that embraces its minorities more than Mizz Sippi!

    Three cheers for the U.S. of A.’s southern darling!!

    • 0 avatar
      Rod Panhard

      Which State of Paradise is where you reside, raresleeper?

      • 0 avatar

        I live in Ohio, and when I think “Where would I rather live?” the answer always coming back to me is “North Carolina.”

        It seems so appealing to me, though I’ve never been.

        • 0 avatar

          I’ve heard good things about Virginia, actually…

          In fact, three of the highest income per capita counties are in VA. Credit must be given to Wash D.C. for that (high paying government careers it supplies).

          I’ve got an uncle who lives in OH. Cincinatti.

          He’s so convervative, he’d scare the pants off Rush Limbaugh and he was one of the big players for Proctor & Gamble (or, if you will, “Profit & God”) until his retirement.

          I’ve heard Cinci’s a fine town, never been there to visit though.

          Columbus is one big party town. There, my friend, I have been :)

          • 0 avatar

            Cincinnati is fine as long as you’re downtown for a sports game and/or restaurant/drinking, and then immediately leave for the suburbs.

            Most of the money in town is east of I-75. The weather mostly sucks, except for right now and in the fall. Housing is cheap though (unless downtown) for what you get. It’s very conservative, fairly racist, and very socially “cliquey.”

  • avatar
    Rod Panhard

    It seems that folks don’t recall that Ford closed the Hapeville (Atlanta) plant in 2006 and GM closed the Doraville (Atlanta) plant in 2010. Both were UAW plants.

  • avatar

    UAW…”should abide by global [labor] standards…”
    Meaning the UAW’s interpretation of labor standards.

  • avatar
    Dave M.


    As long as there are high-quality cars made in the US by non-UAW labor, I’m good. Toyota, Honda, Hyundai, Mazda, Kia, Nissan and Subaru know this. Thankfully.

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