Academic journal article Monthly Labor Review

Nissan Employees Reject Union

Academic journal article Monthly Labor Review

Nissan Employees Reject Union

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Nissan employees reject union

The organizing challenge facing the United Auto Workers and other unions was demonstrated in a representation election at the Nissan Motors Manufacturing Corp., USA automobile and truck plant in Smyrna, TN. The tally was 1,622 for "no union" and 711 for the Auto Workers. During the pre-election campaign, the Auto Workers stressed its claim that the 2,400 production workers needed a union because Nissan production goals were too high, exhausting and endangering employees. Nissan contended that the work pace was not excessive, that employees already had compensation levels comparable to those of workers the union represented elsewhere in the industry, and that the workers were assured of jobs, even during sales slowdowns.

An Auto Worker's spokesman called the election results a "stinging defeat," but explained, "we have to take the long view of these things," noting past organizing struggles that finally were successful. A plant manager contended that the union lost the election because it had little to offer employees that they were not already receiving directly from Nissan. …

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