Take Message of Worker’s Justice to NY’s International Auto Show
. Raphael Martinez, auto worker Canton, Mississippi
. James Brown, auto worker Canton, Mississippi
The United Auto Workers union launched a major union drive at
the transplant Nissan factory, in Canton, Mississippi in the heart of
the anti-union South. The Canton plant, with 3000 workers has wage disparities with other Nissan plants, serious discord over limited and onerous health benefits policies and is employing growing numbers of temporary workers, creating a two-tier wage and benefit system to both super exploit the part-time workers and undermine the maintenance of a full-time work force’s wages and benefits. Nissan has interrogated workers about their involvement in organizing and forced them to attend anti-union meetings several times a week and try to scare the workers intimating that if they unionize the plant could close and they would lose their jobs. But, the workers from this plant that can build 400,000 vehicles per year are building support for worker justice, both nationally and
internationally and are now taking their message to consumers attending the International Automobile Show.
Actor Danny Glover, along with Rank & File Nissan Auto Workers Demand Good Jobs
Mississippi Congressperson Bennie Thompson, Derrick Johnson, Pres. of the Mississippi NAACP along with noted actor Danny Glover bring their support to the UAW’s efforts to unionize Nissan Mississippi auto plant.