March 29, 2017
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel
Canton, MI - Nissan Motor Co. has refused a demand by the United Auto Workers that it stay neutral and not interfere with the union’s efforts to organize workers at its Mississippi plant here.
Nissan executive Scott Becker told UAW President Dennis Williams that the company would not talk to the union unless it had won an election to represent the plant’s 6,400 production workers. "It would be inappropriate to have discussions with your union regarding employees at Nissan's manufacturing plant in Canton, Miss., without your union first having obtained the support of a majority of employees at that plant," Becker wrote in a Mar. 14 letter the UAW provided to The Associated Press. The executive also denied that management is intimidating union supporters, calling that a “categorically false” claim. Workers at all of the Japanese company’s plants outside Mississippi and Tennessee have unions, responded NAACP President Cornell William Brooks, who spoke at a UAW rally outside the plant Mar. 4. “Why is this not the case for Mississippi, and why can't we talk about it?" he told the AP. "It's perplexing as a matter of logic and it's insulting as a matter of respect.” Read more