CANTON, Miss.--The United Auto Workers of America is quite serious about unionizing Mississippi's Nissan plant in Canton. Actor Danny Glover stumped for the group earlier this year and U.Sl. Cong. Bennie Thompson has lent his support to the effort. The group is now claiming that the Nissan plant has reacted by saying it would shut down the Canton plant if the group continues organization efforts.
Nissan denied any such threats or any illegal activity.
The revelations came in an article on Bloomberg.com. This is the third time the union has tried to organize the Canton plant. It also tried and failed to organize Nissan's Tennessee operation.
The efforts have come among two banner years at the Mississippi facility, when new lines have been announced for production. Nissan is celebrating its tenth year in Mississippi and the state is still helping with infrastructure. The new 51/43 bypass opened in Canton Wednesday to provide quicker service for suppliers and a quicker commute for some employees.
Last year a union meeting was held in Canton where Thompson spoke, accusing Nissan of human rights violations at the plant. The public was not allowed in the room where the actual meeting took place, but Thompson did call Nissan out in a press conference.