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Complaint: Hattiesburg workers owed big pay hike

Up to 2,000 workers at the General Dynamics Information Technology Call Center in Hattiesburg stand to see a substantial increase in pay if the U.S. Labor Department’s Wage and Hour Division rules in favor of a complaint filed by the Communications Workers of America. The Hattiesburg workers, according to the union, could see their wages increased by $3,682 to $6,572 ...

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#justsayin’ tackles the union and Mississippi

This week, Ford Williams selects a Katy Perry hit song for the UAW team traveling back to Detroit after a failed union vote at the Nissan plant in Canton, Mississippi. Ford’s cartoon series, #justsayin, is in its second year of publication.  The irregular and slightly irreverent cartoon series reflects the world views of a Generation Z cartoonist.  In the series, ...

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Nissan workers reject effort by UAW to organize plant

Workers at the Nissan assembly plant in Canton have rejected union representation, adding to decades of futility by United Auto Workers organizers at foreign-owned auto plants in the South. A spokeswoman for Nissan Motor Co. said late Friday that the union lost a pivotal vote by 3,700 eligible workers. Nissan says the final vote total was 2,244 to 1,307. The ...

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As Mississippi vote nears, labor board says Nissan broke law

With a union election scheduled this week, the National Labor Relations Board is again charging that Nissan Motor Co. violated workers’ rights at its Mississippi plant. The board said Friday that a supervisor on March 30 threatened employees by saying they would lose money or the plant would close if workers supported unionization. The claim amends an earlier complaint. No ...

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Economic report adds fuel to Nissan union vote fire

  By Jack Weatherly An updated study showing the major impact of the automotive industry on Mississippi’s economy was released Thursday as an election approaches at the Nissan plant in Canton in which the workers will decide whether to unionize. Participants in the press conference at the Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership in Jackson voiced support for workers’ right to vote ...

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Global Port Tracker: Import cargo volume could set all-time high this month

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Import cargo volume at the nation’s major retail container ports is expected to see a final surge and set a new monthly record in October as the holiday season approaches, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates. “Increasing congestion at the nation’s ports as well as the ...

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Cochran looking to pull more Coast voters in runoff

PASCAGOULA — Hundreds of workers arrive at sunrise at the Ingalls shipyard on the Gulf Coast, and there to greet them are a dozen campaign volunteers with fliers and signs that say, “Save our Jobs.” In the middle is a small, white-haired man shaking the hand of anyone willing to take his own. “I’m Thad Cochran,” the 76-year-old U.S. senator ...

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Cochran reaches out to unions, blacks for runoff votes

WASHINGTON — Six-term Republican Sen. Thad Cochran is trying to survive an intense tea party challenge in Mississippi by reaching out to union members and black voters — two groups that traditionally support Democrats. But he risks a backlash from conservatives ready to support his opponent, state Sen. Chris McDaniel. Even as Cochran is running TV ads aimed at conservatives ...

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Nissan ramping up employment at Canton plant to 6,000-plus

CANTON — A Nissan Motor Co. contractor has begun seeking applicants for 500 workers as part of the automaker’s buildup to begin producing a new model in Mississippi. The hiring will push the combined number of Nissan and contract employees at its Canton plant to more than 6,000 for the first time. The total currently stands at more than 5,600. ...

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Lockheed Martin workers go on strike at Stennis

HANCOCK COUNTY — As many as 116 Lockheed Martin employees at Stennis Space Center near Bay St. Louis are on strike. Machinists union spokesman Frank Larkin said members of Lodge 2249 voted down a contract offer from Lockheed Martin that would have ended worker pensions. “It’s a single issue that drove the strike vote,” Larkin said. Friday morning, more than ...

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