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    UAW’s loss at Nissan auto plant masks genuine progress for organized labor

    Wish I felt as confident as this writer does about the loss.

    A spirited, decade-long effort by workers to organize a union at the sprawling Nissan assembly plant in Canton, Mississippi, seemed to drive into a ditch on August 5, when officials finally tallied the election ballots.

    The margin looked definitive: 1,307 workers voted to have the United Auto Workers represent them, while 2,244 voted against.

    It was a dismal and disappointing result for organized labor that would seem to conform to the half-century slide in its ranks and impact on the U.S. economy. At first glance, the outcome threatens to further solidify a standard of falling wages, more temporary workers and fewer workplace rights from Long Beach to Long Island.

    But the story doesn’t end there. Behind this loss there’s a glimmer of hope for labor. Decades of research on labor and globalization, particularly in manufacturing and the auto industry, lead me to believe that while the pro-union workers may have suffered a setback, the campaign is far from over. In fact, there are signs that the UAW’s organizing effort has made some lasting inroads that could lead to success down the road.
    https://theconversation.com/uaws-los...ed-labor-82742

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    Labor Voices: Nissan union vote was influenced

    In a hearing before the French National Assembly, Ghosn denied allegations that Nissan opposed employee representation at its assembly plant in Mississippi and assured French lawmakers that the company had “no tradition of not cooperating with unions.” With an approximately 20 percent stake in Renault, the French government is the largest shareholder in Renault, which in turn is the largest shareholder in Nissan.

    Fast-forward to this summer: If what happened during the union election at Nissan’s Canton plant is any indication, there’s a disconnect between Ghosn and his team on the ground in Mississippi. Or, more likely, Nissan is purposefully saying one thing to socially conscious policymakers and investors across the globe but doing something entirely different in the U.S. South.
    Six days before voting began, the National Labor Relations Board issued the latest in a series of complaints against Nissan. The complaint alleges that the company threatened a loss of wages and benefits if employees supported a union — and that Nissan even threatened closing the Canton plant if employees supported a union. Under these conditions, it was impossible for Nissan employees to have a free and fair election.
    Labor Voices: Nissan union vote was influenced

 

 
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