Workers at Mississippi Nissan plant casting ballots on union

CANTON, Miss.

CANTON, Miss. (AP) — Workers at a Nissan auto assembly plant in Mississippi are voting on whether they want the United Auto Workers union to bargain for them.

Voting among roughly 3,700 production workers at Nissan Motor Co.’s Canton assembly complex concludes at 7 p.m. Friday. The National Labor Relations Board is conducting the secret-ballot election after workers filed for UAW representation in July.

The union has struggled to expand beyond its stronghold at Detroit automakers to foreign-owned plants in the southern United States. The union did win an election to represent a small number of maintenance workers at a Volkswagen AG plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Pro-union workers say the UAW would protect them against arbitrary treatment, and bargain for better benefits and pay. Managers say the UAW would make the plant less economically competitive.

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