Issued August 05, 2017
WASHINGTON— SEIU International President Mary Kay Henry released the following statement on the unionization vote at Nissan’s Canton, Miss. plant, which was not approved among a corporate-led campaign of fear and intimidation:
“SEIU members stand in solidarity with the Nissan workers in Canton who braved the relentless intimidation and threats from management, elected leaders and anti-worker forces to cast their votes to stick together in a union after a twelve-year effort. Their courage and fearlessness are inspiring, now more than ever.
“The anti-union campaign of fear they faced was immoral and unethical. Nissan workers faced interrogation by their bosses, threats by politicians and a massive advertising campaign to convince them that the plant would close if they voted yes. This was a striking example of how politicians work with corporate interests to rig the system against everyday working people.
“It’s time for America’s elected leaders to stand up and take action to protect working people’s right to unite in a union without interference from employers, so that workers like those at the Nissan plant in Canton can have a fair shot at a better life for themselves, their families and their communities."