By Tom Greenwood, The Detroit News
A group advocating for the right to vote on the unionization of a Nissan plant in Mississippi accused the automaker of intimidation at a protest Monday morning in Detroit.
Highlighted by the appearance of actor activist Danny Glover, members of the Mississippi Alliance for Fairness at Nissan (MAFFAN) held its protest mere steps away from Cobo Center and the 2013 North American International Auto Show.
According to the group, workers who show any interest in talking about organizing the plant in Canton, Miss., are intimidated by management hints that the plant would close if they unionized.
“When workers at Nissan began to organize a union, Nissan responded with implied threats that they would leave Mississippi if workers unionized,” said the Rev. R. Isaac Jackson, president of the General Missionary Baptist State Convention of Mississippi and chair of MAFFAN.
The UAW is supporting the group in its efforts to start a union at the factory, which has 5,000 full and contract laborers.