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Former contract workers key in Mississippi Nissan union vote

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By JEFF AMY

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Next time I go to buy a Nissan car I'll be asking for a massive discount And it's a specially telling that in the article that we don't know the minuscule rate paid to the contract worker

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Wage inequality is just one of the reasons some manufacturers build their plants in The South. State governments often try to lure corporations with lower corporate tax rates. While I do not know about Alabama's tax structure, Texas taxes large companies less than they are taxed in northern states, while having tax rates for the workers that are actually higher. So, Texans get paid less, and are taxed more, than workers in California getting paid the same base rate.

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Wage inequality is just one of the reasons some manufacturers build their plants in The South

Nissan is the highest paying manufacturer in the state. Wages have not one thing to do with manufacturing in the south, it is about the tax rates. You may have read a couple years ago that Toyota moved their US headquarters from California to Texas, and that move was for the same reason. Manufacturers in America pay more in taxes than they do on payroll.

And what have unions and high taxes done for American auto manufacturers? Look at Detroit today, if you want the short answer. There is little income inequality in Detroit nowadays because all the high-paying jobs have left. The businesses which remain, like fast food restaurants, a couple Walmart stores, and the numerous beauty salons all pay the same low wage.

If manufacturing costs at the Mississippi plant are pushed too high, Nissan can and will shut it's doors and move to Mexico. Trump's protectionism of manufacturers doesn't extend to Nissan, they are free to leave without penalty.

The unions are less interested in higher pay for their workers than they are the dues the collect from them, and the political clout that comes with controlling a large roll of union members.

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No debate over their grievances, pay, hours, etc...but ONE question, WHO are the WaaaH, Whaaah giant pictures of during the "March" ?

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I hope that the Nissan company will allow the employees to have a union and pay its workers fair wages.  Have fun and faith in God.

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I had the pleasure of closing a union factory in the early 1980's in the Midwest and moving it to a new non-union location in the Southeast, Relieving about 295 of 300 employees of their jobs.

The union representatives from NY went back home and continued to earn their salaries, while the union workers lost their jobs.

Unions exist for the sole purpose of collecting union dues to pay high salaries for the union executives.

I don't think Nissan is forcing anyone to work for them.

If you don't like Nissan, go work for McDonald's and make $10/hr part-time. Where is the union at McDonld's? It isn't there because they don't earn enough to pay union dues. No union cares about the worker, they only care about union dues.

Unions have no moral high ground compared to companies.

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