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Workers at Nissan's U.S. unit vote against joining UAW.

NEW YORK, Oct. 3 Kyodo

Workers at Nissan Motor Co.'s assembly plant in Smyrna, Tennessee, voted Wednesday against joining the United Auto Workers (UAW), the Japanese automaker said.

In August, the U.S. auto industry workers' union proposed that the National Labor Relations Board, an independent federal agency for the protection of workers' rights, conduct the vote. The UAW said the treatment terms at the Nissan factory were lower than those at the company's headquarters in Japan.

The results of the vote showed that of the 4,589 eligible workers who cast ballots, 3,103 rejected the proposal to join the UAW.

It was the second failure by the UAW to represent the Nissan factory workers in Tennessee, following an attempt in 1989. The union, with declining membership, has tried to organize workers at U.S. plants of foreign automakers.
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Publication:Japan Transportation Scan
Date:Oct 8, 2001
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