From: Clarion Ledger
The rhetoric from the United Auto Workers and their hired or rented guns that seeks to equate union organizing efforts at Nissan’s Canton plant with the civil rights struggle in Mississippi in the 1950s and 1960s truly strains credulity.
The line being peddled is that both Mississippians and the wider world should equate civil rights with the UAW’s desire for a union vote at the Nissan plant in Canton. The struggle for “civil rights” sounds far more noble and desirable than what is actually happening in Canton and across the landscape of foreign-owned automobile manufacturing plants in the South — which is nothing more or less than a desperate struggle for survival by a union that has endured a 75 percent membership decline since 1979.
JACKSON, Miss. (Nov. 13, 2013) – Move Mississippi Forward, a community voice for economic development, today released an independent report outlining Nissan Canton’s positive impact in the state of Mississippi.
The report titled “Nissan Canton: 10 Years Later” was conducted by the National Strategic Planning & Analysis Research Center (nSPARC) at Mississippi State University as Nissan celebrates its first decade of operation in the state. The report outlines how Nissan has improved economic and community development, quality of life and the state’s image as a national manufacturing leader.