In what is being seen as a test case for automobile manufacturers in the United States, workers of Nissan’s Canton, Mississipi factory have voted to avoid forming a union. The votes tallied as 2,244 against to 1,307 for the proposal.
The UAW that represents automotive workers based in the traditional northern manufacturing strongholds, expressed their disappointment at the result, with their president Dennis Williams saying, “The result of the election was a setback for these workers, the UAW and working Americans everywhere, but in no way should it be considered a defeat.”
The official Nissan Group of North America release says, “With this vote, the voice of Nissan employees has been heard. They have rejected the UAW and chosen to self-represent, continuing the direct relationship they enjoy with the company. Our expectation is that the UAW will respect and abide by their decision and cease their efforts to divide our Nissan family. Now that the election is complete, Nissan will focus on bringing all employees back together as one team, building great vehicles and writing our next chapter in Mississippi.
“We appreciate the National Labor Relations Board’s role in conducting a fair election, and we believe this outcome positions Nissan to be competitive in the future. We learned a lot during this process, and our work will continue as we strengthen the direct relationship we have with employees. Together, we will build a stronger foundation for Nissan Canton’s continued growth.”
This vote was seen as a litmus test that could have led to a wave of union formation across the automotive plants of other foreign manufacturers, largely concentrated in the southern states of the United States of America.