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Protests Over Mississippi Plant Follow Nissan to Detroit

New York Times (01/14/14) Tamara Warren

Demonstrators from the United Automobile Workers union are using the North American International Auto Show in Detroit to protest conditions at Nissan’s Canton, MS-based plant. The Mississippi Alliance for Fairness at Nissan, comprising UAW workers and labor advocates, is complaining about the use of temporary workers at the plant, who may account for one-third of its workers.

The protestors also are highlighting what they call intimidation tactics, noting that employees were required to watch anti-union videos. Derrick Johnson, president of the Mississippi NAACP, says, “Nissan workers globally enjoy a right that American workers don’t have. American workers don’t have the right to collectively bargain.”