March on Mississippi at Nissan Plant Draws Thousands

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US Senator Bernie Sanders, I-Vermont, tells thousands at a pro-union rally near Nissan Motor Co.’s Canton, Mississippi, plant, Saturday, March 4, 2017, that he congratulates workers for their courage “in standing up for justice.” Among the participants were actor Danny Glover, national NAACP President Cornell Brooks, US Representative Bennie Thompson, D-Mississippi, and UAW president Dennis Williams. (Rogelio Solis/Associated Press)

Reprinted from Common Dreams by Nika Knight on March 5, 2017.

While President Donald Trump was tweeting from his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, former presidential contender Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) was doing something Trump had promised to do throughout his campaign: advocating for workers.

On Saturday, Sanders and former Ohio state senator Nina Turner, a Democrat, led hundreds of workers in a “March on Mississippi” in Canton, Mississippi, to demand that Nissan grant factory employees the right to hold a union vote free from fear or intimidation.

Also taking part in the march were NAACP president Cornell Williams Brooks, Sierra Club president Aaron Mair, and the actor Danny Glover.

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,” the coalition of rights advocates behind the march, known as the Mississippi Alliance for Fairness at Nissan (MAFFAN), wrote in a statement. …

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Reprinted from KJTV12 by  on March 4, 2017.

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders stood with thousands gathered at a pro-union rally near Nissan Motor Company’s Canton Mississippi plant, congratulating workers for their courage “in standing up for justice.”

Sanders told Saturday’s 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.”

That comment drew a roar of approval from participants, who included actor Danny Glover and national NAACP President Cornell Brooks.

Participants later marched about two miles to the plant to deliver a letter to the company demanding the right to vote on union representation to address better wages, safe working conditions and job security. …

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Reprinted from The Washington Post by Chevel Johnson on March 4, 2017.

… “It’s our job to tell corporate America that they cannot have it all,” Sanders told the crowd. “Start treating the working people of this country with respect and dignity!”

That comment drew a roar of approval from the crowd. Many held signs reading “Workers’ Rights = Civil Rights” and “We Deserve Better” as Sanders, actor Danny Glover, NAACP President Cornell Brooks and United Auto Workers President Dennis Williams made the case for union membership.

“If you are a member of a union in America, you are going to make 27 percent more than a non-union member. If you are a member of a union, you’re far more likely to have paid family and medical leave. If you are a member of a union, the likelihood is that you will have better health care and a better retirement plan than non-union members,” the former Democratic presidential candidate said. …

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