UAW defiant in Mississippi loss as union opponents celebrate
CANTON, Miss. (AP) — Supporters of the United Auto Workers say they’re not giving up their fight to unionize a Nissan auto assembly plant in Mississippi after a stinging defeat.
But UAW opponents say Friday’s loss proves workers don’t want the union.
The National Labor Relations Board said early Saturday that 62 percent of 3,551 workers at Nissan Motor Co.’s Canton plant voted against the UAW, while only 38 percent supported union representation.
The union filed charges moments before the polls closed Friday night making new allegations that Nissan had broken federal labor law and intimidated workers into voting “no.” If the labor board agrees, it could order a new election at the plant.
Nissan spokeswoman Parul Bajaj says the charges are baseless. She says the company will focus on bringing together its workforce.