Nissan Accused of Snooping in Labor’s Latest Fight for the South

Tuesday October 3, 2017
By JOSH EIDELSON, BLOOMBERG

Automakers have battled hard to keep organized labor from gaining traction in the U.S. south. Mostly, they’ve won — as Nissan Motor Co. did when workers at its Mississippi plant voted in August against joining a union. But the Japanese company has been accused of fighting dirty.

It could prove a test-case for labor in the age of Donald Trump. Unions have been fighting a rearguard action as automakers shifted production to southern states, where wages are lower and laws are more management-friendly — something Trump encouraged, even as his campaign was winning union votes. It’s part of a wider squeeze on workers who’ve seen pay stagnate and protections erode, sparking a backlash in industrial regions that both Trump and Bernie Sanders tapped into.

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