For­mer con­tract work­ers key in Mis­sis­sippi Nis­san union vote

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - BUSINESS -

CAN­TON, Miss. — A bid by work­ers at Mis­sis­sippi’s Nis­san Mo­tor Co. plant for United Auto Work­ers rep­re­sen­ta­tion could turn on a key vot­ing bloc - the 1,500 Nis­san em­ploy­ees who were ini­tially hired through con­tract labour agen­cies.

Those work­ers make less than long­time Nis­san em­ploy­ees, and UAW sup­port­ers say that’s a dis­par­ity they’d like to ad­dress through con­tract ne­go­ti­a­tions. UAW Sec­re­tary­Trea­surer Gary Cas­teel says im­prov­ing the sta­tus of con­tract work­ers is key to mak­ing sure au­tomak­ers in the South don’t erode the high wages tra­di­tion­ally paid by au­tomak­ers. Nis­san says it pays com­pet­i­tive wages, and that its re­liance on con­tract work­ers is noth­ing un­usual.

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