Why Workers Want a Union

Workers are proud of the quality work they do at Nissan, and want the company to succeed in Mississippi. They are happy that Nissan chose to locate in Mississippi and provide much-needed jobs in the community.

Nissan workers are both pro-union and pro-Nissan. They want a union’s help to make both Nissan and the workers successful. Here are the main reasons Nissan workers are considering a union:

Nissan workers need a voice to achieve fairness in the workplace.

They need the security of knowing that when they speak up about safety or quality, their job isn’t in danger.

With a union, workers can sit down with management to discuss the important issues of working conditions, policies, pay and benefits, as well as ways to improve the company’s processes and products.

Workers would also use a voice in the workplace to ensure Nissan does right by Mississippi. Mississippi community members expect more from Nissan than intimidation in the workplace.

More on needing a voice in the workplace.

Workers in all communities – in all parts of the U.S. and abroad – have a fundamental right to decide freely whether to have a union represent their interests.

In Japanese plants, Nissan management cooperates with unions. In France, Nissan’s partner Renault also works with unions. Nissan willingly works with unions in their own country and around the world, but discourages them in America. American workers deserve to have a voice, so they can have the same dignity and respect as their Japanese and French co-workers.

Unions counterbalance multinational companies.

Big global corporations like Nissan have the power to pit workers in every country against each other by threatening to move if workers exercise their right to choose to have a union represent them.  There is a way to achieve a balance of power against these corporations.

Mississippi State NAACP President Derrick Johnson says that for the United States to be the country it is supposed to be, we must support our workers. The NAACP’s goal is to ensure equal protection under the law is guaranteed for all citizens – this also extends to workers to have the right to decide whether they are represented by union.

“At the NAACP, we support Nissan workers because it’s the right thing to do,” said Johnson.  “There is no reason why in this country, workers should be treated as less than workers in Japan or Brazil.”

More on balancing multinational companies.

Unionized workers at Nissan all over the world are supporting the Do Better Together campaign, because they know that if Nissan can suppress union rights in the U.S., they can do it anywhere. With a union, contracts can limit the company’s movement of jobs abroad.

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