The Latest: Union voting closes at Mississippi Nissan plant

CANTON, Miss.

CANTON, Miss. (AP) — The Latest on an election deciding whether the United Auto Workers union will represent workers at a Nissan plant in Mississippi (all times local):

7 p.m.

Workers at a Nissan auto assembly plant in Mississippi have finished voting in a two-day election to determine whether they want the United Auto Workers union to bargain for them.

The National Labor Relations Board is counting the secret-ballot election.

Voting among roughly 3,700 workers at Nissan Motor Co.’s Canton assembly complex began at 2 a.m. Thursday and ended at 7 p.m. Friday.

Nissan managers and union leaders expect results late Friday.

Workers filed for UAW representation in July. The union has struggled to expand beyond its stronghold at Detroit automakers to foreign-owned plants, especially in the southern United States.

Pro-union workers say the UAW would protect 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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2:30 a.m.

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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