Union files for vote by workers at Mississippi Nissan plant

(AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko, File)

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – The United Auto Workers has filed to force a unionization vote at a Nissan Motor Co. plant in Mississippi after a yearslong campaign to build support.

Sandra Hightower of the National Labor Relations Board confirmed that the board received the UAW’s election petition in its New Orleans office Monday.

Officials with Nissan did not immediately respond to requests for comment. The UAW declines comment but has scheduled an event Tuesday at its office near the plant in Canton, just north of Jackson.

The union has worked for years to build support for a vote among the 6,400 workers at the complex as well as to force Nissan to stay neutral in a vote. The company’s management opposes unionization but says the choice is ultimately up to workers.

Below is a Statement from Nissan’s corporate communications manager, Parul Bajaj:

Nissan truly values the 6,400 Canton employees, and we offer good, stable, safe jobs with some of the best wages and benefits in Mississippi. While it is ultimately up to our employees who will represent them, we do not believe that UAW representation is in the best interest of Nissan Canton and its workers.

 

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