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Mississippi governor: Nissan workers should reject union

Republican Gov. Phil Bryant said Thursday that employees at the Nissan Motor Co. plant in Mississippi should reject unionization because he believes labor unions have hurt the automotive industry in Detroit and other places.

Workers at the manufacturing plant in Canton will vote Aug. 3 and 4 on whether to affiliate with the United Auto Workers. The union is trying to win its first vote at an entire plant in the South.

Bryant spoke to several hundred people Thursday at the Neshoba County Fair, an annual event known as "Mississippi's Giant Houseparty." He said the Nissan plant in Canton, which opened 14 years ago, is making some of the most advanced vehicles in the...