Friday, July 21, 2017
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The head of the Mississippi chamber of commerce says the state could have a harder time attracting jobs if Nissan workers vote to join a union.
Scott Waller is interim president and CEO of the Mississippi Economic Council. He says Thursday that Mississippi benefits from having a workforce that is mostly not unionized.
About 4,000 employees at a Nissan Motor Co.'s manufacturing plant in Canton, just north of Jackson, will vote Aug. 3 and 4 on whether to affiliate with the United Auto Workers.
Gary Casteel, secretary-treasurer of the UAW, says unions help with job creation in manufacturing.
The UAW has never organized an entire foreign-owned auto plant in the South, although it did win an election among maintenance technicians at a Volkswagen AG plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee.