Associated Press

CANTON, Miss. (AP) - Some union supporters say they hope the United Auto Workers will charter a formal local union at Nissan Motor Co.'s plant, but it remains unclear whether the union will do so.

The workers made the comments Friday during a visit by a group of international trade union leaders whose organizations represent workers at Nissan and its controlling partner Renault (reh-NOH') S.A. of France.

The union leaders say they believe Nissan is unfairly intimidating workers against forming a union. Nissan says it hasn't done anything illegal and says its workers are free to exercise their rights under American law.

The UAW has set up such locals even though it hasn't won elections to represent workers at a Volkswagen AG plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee; and Daimler AG's Mercedes-Benz plant in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

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