Employees Increasingly Saying ‘No’ to Unions
In a recent secret-ballot election in Canton, Mississippi, Nissan employees overwhelmingly voted to maintain their current relationship with Nissan and avoid union control. The vote held in early August tallied Nissan employees with 2,244 votes and United Automobile Workers (UAW) with 1,307 votes.
The UAW has been attempting to turn the tide against declining membership numbers and expand to foreign owned factories in the south. According to the National Right to Work website, “UAW has lost 75% of its membership since 1980.” The Canton Nissan election marks a success of the secret-ballot election process in a right to work state, giving workers an active voice to vote on whether or not they want to join a union.
Representative Gary Chism of District 37, referred to the union vote as being, “soundly defeated” and the fact Mississippi is “a right to work state is the reason Nissan and Toyota came to Mississippi in the first place.”
Organized labor has had a difficult time finding workers who see value in joining a modern day union. Many of the old linchpins of union membership are now standard at union and non-union companies alike. Union dues are garnished out of workers’ paychecks then sent to national organizations far removed from a worker’s factory.