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Elections set at Nissan.

Elections set at Nissan The National Labor Relations Board scheduled a representation election for employees of Nissan Motor Manufacturing Corp., USA, in Smyrna, TN, in response to a petition from the Auto Workers. The union claimed that more than half of the 2,400 employees had signed election authorization cards, but company officials contended that the total was much lower. (Under the law, 30 percent of eligible employees must sign the cards before an election can be held.)

The election announcement came after a 17-month organizing drive, and was accompanied by the beginning of Auto Workers efforts to organize two other Japanese-owned plants--the Toyota plant in Georgetown, KY, and the Subaru--Isuzu plant in Lafayette, IN.

So far, the union's organizing successes in the automobile industry have been limited to 6,400 employees of plants operated jointly by Japanese and American companies, such as New United Motor Manufacturing Inc. in Fremont, CA (operated by General Motors Corp. and Toyota Motor Co.) and Mazda Motor Manufacturing in Flat Rock, MI (partly owned by Ford Motor Co.).

The union's first major organizing effort at a Japanese-owned plant involved the Honda of America Manufacturing Corp. operation in Marysville, OH. This effort ended in 1986, when the union withdrew its petition to the Board for an election, presumably because of doubts that it could garner a majority of votes. (See Monthly Labor Review, May 1986, p. 51.)
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Title Annotation:Developments in Industrial Relations
Author:Ruben, George
Publication:Monthly Labor Review
Date:Aug 1, 1989
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