Union members ask judge to allow protest outside auto show

By Christine Ferretti, The Detroit News

Auto union members have filed a federal lawsuit against the city, its police department and Cobo Center after they were prohibited from displaying near the facility hosting the auto show signs in protest of unfair labor practices involving Nissan workers.

The suit filed Thursday on behalf of UAW International Representative James A. Juracek, who organized union activities for the 2013 North American International Auto Show, contends union members — protesting on behalf of Nissan North America. Inc. workers who’ve long battled to form a union at the Canton, Miss., plant — were told displaying signage about the labor dispute on sidewalks near Cobo Center was a safety concern and not allowed on the private property.

The union in its filing is asking a federal judge to grant a restraining order claiming preventing them from displaying the signs on the public and Cobo Center sidewalks is a violation of their free speech.

The auto show opens to the public Saturday.


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