Nissan workers reject UAW in Mississippi

Offering a tough blow to the United Auto Workers (UAW), workers at a Nissan manufacturing facility in Mississippi voted overwhelmingly against the proposal to join the labor union.

Nissan told reporters that workers at its Canton, Mississippi, assembly plant voted “no” to the proposal of joining the union by a nearly 2-to-1 margin. A total of 2,244 of Nissan workers voted no, while 1,307 voted ‘yes’ to the proposal of joining the UAW.

The workers decision marked another high-profile defeat for the UAW in the south, where it has struggled to convince workers of the merits of labor unions.

Nissan said in a statement, “With this vote, the voice of Nissan employees has been heard. They have rejected the UAW and chosen to self-represent, continuing the direct relationship they enjoy with the company. Now that the election is complete, Nissan will focus on … building great vehicles and writing our next chapter in Mississippi.”

The Japanese auto giant also expressed expectation that the UAW would respect the worker’s decision and cease its efforts to divide the Nissan family.

It was the third time in nearly twenty years that Nissan workers in the South have voted against the proposal of joining the UAW. Previously, workers at a Nissan plant in Tennessee voted against joining the union by significant margins in 1989 and 2001.