Nissan rejects State Department offer for UAW mediation

Article by Christian A., on February 6, 2015

Nissan Motor Co. has denied an offer from the United States State Department to have it serve as a mediator in a dispute between the carmaker and the United Auto Workers. The union was joined by IndustriALL Global Union Federation in April 2014 in asking the State Department for its help.

The UAW has been, for over a decade, trying to organize Nissan’s site near Jackson in Mississippi, and has accused the carmaker of using "threats, intimidation and fear" to keep the union out of the plant, which it claims violate guidelines of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development.

The UAW’s move to a global union group and the State Department in its bid to unionize workers at Nissan has been regarded part of its campaign to turn public opinion against the Japanese carmaker.

In a statement, the State Department said its role had ended since a voluntary mediation process could not be established as Nissan was not willing to participate with the State Department's National Contact Point (NCP), which works to further the OECD’s guidelines in the United States.

A Nissan spokesman told Reuters in an e-mail that the carmaker chose to reject the mediation since guidelines for “bringing a union vote” already exist and are set by the US National Labor Relations Board.

The statement said that all its workers have the ability to decide whether they want to be in a union. The NCP has no power to judge disputes that it is asked to mediate, which means any result of the mediation is non-binding.

Nissan’s Canton plant has up to 6,300 full-time and contract workers. The UAW remarked it may file objections to Nissan's behavior in Mississippi with OECD liaisons with governments in Japan, France and the Netherlands.

Topics: nissan, uaw

If you liked the article, share on:

Comments

Recommended

Mazda seems too far ahead in Safety technology for having four of its vehicles chosen as the safest on the road. Very recently, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has...
by - June 22, 2017
The automotive world is intensely competitive given the growing number of players, but the British car manufacturer is adamantly holding on to its spot. The 2018 Jaguar XF Sportbrake, priced...
by - June 22, 2017
Audi’s all-electric supercar, the R8 e-tron, had been discontinued last October after being in the market for under two years. The electric vehicle was then exclusive to the European market...
by - June 22, 2017
Dodge has made it clear to everyone, including its potential buyers, that the Challenger SRT Demon is a street-legal drag car - that it is unlike any of your ordinary...
by - June 22, 2017
After a number of failed attempts, Tesla finally gets an Arizona dealership license by winning a court battle that allows them to sell directly to consumers. The automotive dealer license...
by - June 22, 2017
Facebook

Youtube Channel

Tip Us
Do you have a tip for us?
Did you film an important event?
Contact us
Newsletter
Subscribe to our newsletter!
Subscribe
Galleries