“If Mississippi Nissan workers succeed, it will send a powerful message in the south and across this country that working people are prepared to fight for justice.”
– Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) told the Nissan factory workers.
On March 4, BCTGM International Representative Jason Davis and Local 149 (Memphis) President and GEB member Letitia Malone traveled to Canton, Miss. to join in the “March on Mississippi” which included AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Liz Shuler, NAACP President Cornell Brooks, actor Danny Glover, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), civil rights leaders, and thousands of other activists.
They marched about two miles to the Nissan vehicle assembly plant to demand that the automaker halt its anti-union campaign and let workers vote to join the UAW. The march culminated in the delivery of a letter to Nissan officials “demanding the company halt its ongoing harassment of African-American workers who are organizing to form a union,” stated the document written by the Mississippi Alliance for Fairness at Nissan.
“Fear is the crucial element that they use in sustaining the power over workers — fear,” Glover told the crowd during the rally.
Sanders reminded the union crowd that it’s their job to tell corporate America that “they can’t have it all” and to “start treating the working people of this country with respect and dignity.”
Both Davis and Malone said they were inspired by the courage of the Nissan workers who stood up to speak out against Nissan’s attacks on their civil rights at the plant. “The fight for justice is taking place by workers all across this nation. We can’t let corporations stop workers from forming a union. Like these brave Nissan men and women, every worker deserves fair pay, equality and respect on the job,” said Davis.
Union activists, supporters and journalists posted photos and videos from the day of action under the hashtags #MarchonMississippi and #DoBetterNissan.