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If At First You Don’t Succeed, Try, Try, Try Again: UAW Files Petition for Union Vote at Nissan

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For years the United Autoworkers Union (UAW) has attempted to organize foreign auto manufacturers in the U.S., but its efforts have largely failed. Indeed, while the UAW continues to represent most production and maintenance workers at the big American car companies’ sites in this country, the union has failed to gain any strongholds within its Japanese counterparts, despite constant efforts over the years.

 

Now, the UAW is trying again. It was recently announced that the union has filed a petition to represent more than 6,000 employees at Nissan’s Jackson, Mississippi, plant, which has been under siege by the union for years. It now has secured enough interest to at least have the issue put to a vote. Under the National Labor Relations Board’s “quickie election rules,” a vote likely will be scheduled within the next three to four weeks. The UAW lost prior union votes at Nissan in 1989 and 2001. We’ll see if the UAW breaks through this time. Stay tuned.

 

David Pryzbylski

Recently recognized as one of the top under-40 labor lawyers in the nation by Law360, David J. Pryzbylski’s interest in labor relations began early in high school, having grown up next to several of the largest steel mills in the world. Today, David is a Partner in Barnes & Thornburg LLP’s Labor & Employment Department. Building on his interest in labor relations, he concentrates a large portion of his practice on assisting employers with traditional labor matters, including collective bargaining; work stoppages; arbitrations; union avoidance training and strategies; union representation elections; unfair labor practice charges; contract administration; and various other labor relations issues.

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