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Nissan Accused of Wrongly Blocking Union Activity at Plant

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont is supposed to headline the rally, organized by the pro-union Mississippi Alliance for Fairness at Nissan. Photo courtesy Flickr/Gage Skidmore

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont is supposed to headline the rally, organized by the pro-union Mississippi Alliance for Fairness at Nissan. Photo courtesy Flickr/Gage Skidmore

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The United Auto Workers union charges that Nissan Motor Co. broke federal labor law less than two days before a Mississippi rally where U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders plans to speak in favor of unionization.

The UAW says that on Thursday, a company security guard wrongfully stopped workers from handing out literature and asking fellow employees to authorize a union vote outside a gate of the Canton plant.

Nissan spokesman Brian Brockman says the company is investigating but isn't sure yet what happened at the 6,400-worker complex.

Sanders, a Vermont independent, tells The Associated Press in a phone interview that he's coming to Mississippi on Saturday to support pro-union workers, saying he admires their courage.

Although Nissan opposes a union, Brockman says the choice ultimately belongs to workers.

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