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UAW seeks U.S. State Department help in Mississippi spat with Nissan

The United Auto Workers has aligned with the IndustriALL Global Union in asking the U.S. State Department for help in pressing its claims that Nissan Motor Co Ltd is violating worker organizing rights in Mississippi. The UAW has been trying for several years to organize the Nissan plant near Jackson, and says the company is using "threats, intimidation and fear" to keep the union out of the plant, which it says violates guidelines of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development...Arthur Schwartz, a labor adviser based in Michigan, said he was not sure the effort will result in much for the UAW, mainly because the OECD has little power to enforce its guidelines...Nissan spokesman Justin Saia said the company "respects the labor laws of every country in which we operate" and that each employee is able to decide whether or not to join a union...

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