Tennessee Nissan Workers Joining Together with the Machinists Union

Eighty-seven Tool and Die Maintenance Technicians at Nissan North America in Smyrna, TN are joining together with the IAM. An overwhelming majority of Tool and Die Maintenance Technicians signed authorization cards for IAM representation.

READ:  Union seeks vote of 87 workers at Nissan Tennessee plant ABC News

Workers cited numerous workplace concerns, including forced overtime, increased healthcare costs, and a lack of respect from management as some of the reasons for joining the IAM.

Case law provides an overwhelming precedent for Tool and Die Maintenance Technicians being an appropriate bargaining unit. The IAM will fight to make sure corporate lawyers and anti-union interests don’t try to silence the workers’ voices in Smyrna.

The IAM has proudly represented employees in the automotive sector since 1916. The IAM created the first Local Lodge devoted exclusively to automotive and truck employees in 1919. Today, the IAM represents about 47,000 Tool and Die Makers and 3,000 automotive manufacturing workers at Ford, Penske Truck, Hyundai, and Chevrolet.

“Tool and Die Makers are highly skilled Machinists. It takes years to develop those skills. This group of Tool and DieMaintenance Technicians are some of the most determined individuals I’ve worked with,” said IAM Grand Lodge Representative Tim Wright, lead organizer on the campaign. “They are proud of their skills and the work they do for Nissan and want a voice on the job and a better life for their families and their community. The IAM will fight to ensure this campaign is free of political interference so that workers can cast a vote for representation free of intimidation while maintaining a level of respect that is currently lacking in the workplace. A union contract will ensure fair wages, benefits, working conditions, and the ability to retire with dignity. The IAM was established in Atlanta, GA, in 1888; we have a well-respected track record of getting the best contracts for our members.”

The National Labor Relations Board is expected to issue election dates after pre-election matters are resolved through an NLRB hearing currently in progress.

The IAM will continue to help the Tool and Die Maintenance Technicians at Nissan North America by educating them and their co-workers on their rights to form a union under the National Labor Relations Act.


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Updated: March 25, 2021 — 12:59 pm