March 10, 2017
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel
Canton, Mississippi – About 3,000 people, including Sen. Bernie Sanders and United Auto Workers President Dennis Williams, rallied March 4 to support workers trying to organize a UAW local at Nissan’s plant here.
“It’s just simple things they could fix,” Kevin Harkins, who’s worked at the plant for 13 years, told the Jackson Clarion-Ledger while pushing his 2-year-old twins in a stroller. “We work there every day all day, and it has an effect on your body after so many years. It’s certain things—days off—small things like that they could change, but they don’t.” UAW officials delivered a letter after the march demanding that the company “immediately cease intimidation and threats” by plant managers against workers who want a union.” On March 2, it filed an unfair-labor-practice charge with the National Labor Relations Board, alleging that a company security guard had stopped workers from handing out union flyers outside a gate at the plant that afternoon. Nissan and local elected officials have vehemently opposed the UAW’s efforts to organize the 6,400 workers at the Mississippi Delta plant, the largest private-sector employer in the state. “I will continue to fight against outsiders whose interests run directly counter to Mississippi workers,” Gov. Phil Bryant told KJTV-TV. Read more