UAW accuses Nissan of threatening to close Canton, Mississippi plant

Article by Anita Panait, on February 14, 2013

The United Auto Workers (UAW) has accused Nissan Motor Co. of threatening its US workers that it would close its Canton plant in Mississippi if the union gets in. Bob King, UAW president, told Bloomberg News that Nissan’s American management is lying to the workers, remarking that it is violating workers' rights every day.

The UAW is trying for the third time to organize Nissan workers, after failing twice to win votes to represent workers at the Japanese carmaker’s Smyrna plant in Tennessee. King also failed to meet a self-imposed deadline to organize a so-called transplant by the end of 2011. The union’s president told Bloomberg that the UAW is holding very aggressive campaigns at a transnational level.

He added that getting to represent Nissan’s workers is the key for the long-term success and security of the UAW membership. Membership at the UAW has dropped by three-quarters since 1979. Nissan, however, denied making threats to close its Mississippi site, where it hired 1,000 workers in 2012.

The over 5,000-strong Canton plant produces the Altima sedan, Titan pickup and Armada sport-utility vehicle, as well as the NV commercial van. Nissan disclosed in 2012 that it was adding production of the Sentra sedan, Frontier pickup and Xterra SUV at the plant.

The carmaker will also add the Murano SUV in 2014. Camille Young, a spokeswoman for Nissan's Canton plant, told Bloomberg News in an e-mail that threats of job loss are not part of their communications with employees, adding that intimidation of any kind will never be tolerated.

Topics: nissan, uaw

If you liked the article, share on:

Pin It

Comments

Recommended

Reporting for duty. It’s been a year since the Victoria Police was loaned a new Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 S Coupe. In those 12 months, the coupe served as the law...
by - March 23, 2017
After making its debut at the Paris Motor Show last year as a concept car, the Trezor by Renault managed to bring home the 2016 Concept Car Design Of The...
by - March 23, 2017
We can already smell success for Opel, even if it had only recently inked its marriage with the PSA Group. The Insignia, being one of Opel’s best selling cars of...
by - March 23, 2017
The German automaker Volkswagen is now racing against time to come up with electric vehicles that will be able to pass Europe and China's stringent emission standard. The car company...
by - March 22, 2017
In the last few years, the advent of compact sedans and crossovers has become quite overwhelming. Even two of the major manufacturers that “started it all” have to admit that...
by - March 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