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UAW's organizing efforts at Nissan plant

July 1989: After a yearlong campaign for Nissan's Smyrna, Tenn., work force, the UAW loses the vote for representation almost 70 percent to 30 percent.

August 1997: The union opens another campaign, this time enlisting organizing help from UAW members at General Motors' nearby Saturn Corp. The effort dissolves before a vote is requested.

August 2000: Organizers appear around Smyrna, telling employees the union will take the automaker by surprise and call for a quick election. The campaign ends with no election.

August 2001: A committee of Nissan workers petitions for an election to be held as soon as possible. The National Labor Relations Board typically schedules elections six weeks after such a petition is filed.

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