April 15, 2017
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel
Jackson, MS - The National Labor Relations Board has added three new charges to accusations pending against Nissan Motor Co. and a temporary-work agency at the company’s Canton, Mississippi plant.
The board filed charges March 31 that security guards harassed supporters of the United Auto Workers, which is trying to organize the plant; that Nissan is illegally banning unauthorized photos and recordings; and that a temp-agency supervisor threatened that the plant would close if workers unionized. Nissan is already facing NLRB charges from 2015 that its uniform policy is intended to prevent workers from wearing pro-union clothing, and that a plant manager illegally interrogated pro-union workers. The new allegations include a 2015 Facebook post from a supervisor for the Kelly Services temp agency, which Nissan uses to hire some of the plant’s 6,400 workers: “Union comes into Canton, goodbye 15-20K jobs. Keep playing, the Japanese will not play your game,” he wrote. A Nissan spokesperson dismissed the complaints as “a common tactic in an organizing campaign.” UAW Secretary-Treasurer Gary Casteel said they showed the NLRB believes the union’s accusations are credible. “It's pretty obvious to us, and now it has been substantiated,” he told the Associated Press. Read more