A Nissan employee works on a Titan truck at the assembly plant in Canton.
A Nissan employee works on a Titan truck at the assembly plant in Canton.
Paperwork has been submitted and on Aug. 3-4, several thousand employees at the Canton Nissan plant will cast their vote to decide whether or not to unionize.

A decades-long battle for a stronghold in the Deep South will finally come to head and the UAW is pulling no punches as it continues its war of manipulating facts in order to garner support among the workforce.

It’s a war of information, and in the UAW’s instance, misinformation is key.

The UAW says it will be the voice of workers in the plant, allowing for higher wages and better working conditions.

For starters, Nissan employees are paid well above the Mississippi manufacturing average. As far as workplace safety, the UAW likes to harp on six OSHA violations.

How is the UAW going to guarantee continued employment and higher wages when automotive manufacturing jobs at unionized plants are down from record highs?

In 1979, the UAW had 1.53 million members. Now, membership stands at around 408,000. We wonder what happened to the over 1 million union members since then.

As far as safety, OSHA violations totaled 10 for Nissan’s non-unionized operations in the U.S. over a five-year period.

At union-run plants, Ford Chrysler and General Motors have more than double Nissan’s violations. Many of these were serious.

So, we ask again, how will the UAW guarantee employment and wages when so many union members have lost jobs over the last few decades?

And how do they have the gall to claim they can provide a safe workplace when unionized plants have so many serious violations?

The UAW accuses Nissan of intimidation and harassment but offers up no proof. On the other hand, we have reports of UAW runts running across the county bothering homeowners trying to peddle their lies.

The most disgusting piece of misinformation being perpetrated directly and indirectly by the UAW is that what we have here in Madison County is a civil rights issue. Trying to turn this into a race war and conjure up images of Mississippi Burning to fund their existence is nauseating. It’s an affront to all the people who truly fought for civil rights in Mississippi and across this country.

On July 18, 2013, Detroit filed the largest municipal bankruptcy in the country’s history estimated at $18 to $20 billion. The UAW was as much to blame for the bankruptcy as anyone.

Note, while the U.S. taxpayers were called to bail out the auto industry during the Great Recession, and while taxpayers continue to bail out Detroit’s follies, the UAW has no problem operating a $33 million lakeside abode complete with a $6 million golf course. The UAW has no problem paying assistants $100,000 or interns $43,688.

It is estimated that union dues will be around $70 per month for most employees at Nissan if they were to join the UAW. That’s $840 per year they will pay to fund a golf course they will never play at and to pay interns to do busy work just to earn a salary higher than them.

That’s $840 worth of groceries a year, a mortgage payment, multiple car payments, a family vacation. We could go on and on.

The answer is simple: vote no on the UAW.