UAW, IndustriALL Seek Mediation Over Mississippi Nissan Plant

uaw industriall seek mediation over mississippi nissan 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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  • Raresleeper Raresleeper on Apr 29, 2014

    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!!

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    • Corey Lewis Corey Lewis on Apr 30, 2014

      @raresleeper 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."

  • Rod Panhard Rod Panhard on Apr 29, 2014

    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.

  • RogerB34 RogerB34 on Apr 29, 2014

    UAW..."should abide by global [labor] standards..." Meaning the UAW's interpretation of labor standards.

  • Dave M. Dave M. on Apr 29, 2014

    BY ANY MEANS NECESSARY. 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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