In two weeks, workers at the Nissan plant in Canton, will decide whether they want to be in a union.
August 3 and 4, Nissan workers will decide if the Canton plant will be unionized. Kim Bailey, a safety supervisor, began working for the company as a technician in 2012. The married mother of two says she heard talk about the union when she took the job. Bailey doesn't think it's needed.
"We have an open door policy. If you have any problems at Nissan, you can talk to your supervisor. You can talk your manager, senior manager, HR Rep. We have too many resources that we can talk for ourselves," said Bailey.
Bailey says she's isn't taking that position because she's afraid of being fired. At a news conference last week, union supporters said they want safe working conditions, fair wages for all and better benefits. Rhameel Nash is a technician at Nissan.
"We have temporary workers that have been at the plant for four, five plus years, doing the same job that we are doing. That's not fair," said Nash.
The UAW says the National Labor Relations Board issued a complaint against Kelly Services, the temporary agency that hires workers, for threatening to fire union supporters. Nissan has been cited by the Occupational Health and Safety Administration for violations. About wages, Bailey says she can't discuss specific numbers, but says they're competitive. Rodney Francis with Nissan's Human Resources Department says employees receive a percentage of their pay in an annual retirement program.
"They get a deposit from the company every year based on their base pay, overtime, and any other payments and we also do a match on the 401K," said Francis.
Kim Bailey says claims the company shows videos threatening to close the plant are not true. Nissan contends the union isn't in the best interest of the workers or the company.