Nissan to face union vote at Tennessee plant after labor ruling
A U.S. labor board has cleared the way for 86 technicians at Nissan Motor Co’s (7201.T) Smyrna, Tennessee plant to vote on whether to join a union, rejecting the automaker’s claim that the unit should include thousands of production workers.
The Democrat-controlled National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) in a ruling on Thursday said the tool and die workers have special skills and separate supervision, making them distinct from production employees, backing the International Association of Machinists.
The NLRB overruled a 2021 decision by a regional official who said any election should also involve employees on the production line because they share working conditions.
The ruling comes after the NLRB in December made it easier for unions to carve out small groups of an employer’s workforce.
The board threw out a Trump-era standard that curbed unions’ ability to organize smaller units, which business groups say fracture workplace and complicate collective bargaining.
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