Nissan workers in Mississippi voted against joining the United Automobile Workers.
From the NY Times:
In a test of labor’s ability to expand its reach in the South, workers at a Nissan plant in Mississippi have overwhelmingly rejected a bid to unionize.
Out of roughly 3,500 employees at the Canton-based plant who voted Thursday and Friday, more than 60 percent opposed the union. It was an emphatic coda to a yearslong organizing effort underwritten by the United Automobile Workers, which has been repeatedly frustrated in its efforts to organize major auto plants in the region.
Not promising news.
Another discouraging story came to my email from Michael Fiorillo via Splinter on the management of "liberal" Slate online magazine resisting unionization efforts from its employees.
Slate has been a solidly liberal voice online for the past two decades. So when its staff decided to form a union earlier this year, they didn’t expect a drawn-out labor fight. Yet Slate management has put up stiff resistance to the effort for months, using rhetoric that anyone familiar with attempts to weaken organized labor will recognize.
The site’s management declined to voluntarily recognize a union in March, after more than 90 percent of editorial staff signed cards signaling their intent to join the Writers Guild of America-East. Higher-ups, including the site’s editor-in-chief and the company’s chairman, have since tried to dissuade them from unionizing at all, according to internal emails obtained by Splinter.
Talk about big league hypocrisy over at Slate.
On the local scene, B&H Photo warehouse workers formed a union so management responded by moving the warehouse. This is from veteran activist Tom Siracuse.
Boycott B&H PhotoMore than 300 warehouse workers employed by B&H Photo voted in 2015 to form a union to protect their rights on the job. Now, in the midst of negotiations for a first contract, management is shutting down the Brooklyn warehouses and relocating 75 miles away to NJ, effectively breaking the union.
NYC-DSA has been picketing the B&H store at 34th Street and 9th Ave. twice a week — every Friday and Sunday — to support our fellow workers, and we'll keep up the fight until it's won. Join us!
For more info, visit boycottbnh.com.
What is B&H Photo Video? headquartered in Brooklyn, New York, B&H Photo Video is the largest non-chain distributor of media production equipment in the U.S.
These are not only difficult days for teachers. Union busting is a real problem in this country and I believe teachers are impacted as labor's losing ways are not waning. We are part of the big picture.