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Nissan Workers' Struggle to Organize Resonates Across the Globe

From Mississippi to Sao Paulo, to Sydney, Nissan workers and the UAW are building a deep and broad alliance to win a voice at work.

Supported by global labor activists and unions, a Mississippi Nissan worker announced the UAW’s global organizing campaign yesterday at the third annual LabourStart conference in Sydney, Australia. At Nissan’s Canton, Miss., plant, there are more than 3,000 workers who want a voice at work to improve conditions and secure decent work for more members of their community. In addition to reducing safety problems and resulting injuries at the plant, workers want to unite to build power and raise their voice so that Nissan will directly hire more of its workforce and not depend so heavily on temporary workers. Nissan’s production model increasingly tries to avoid the responsibility of being an employer, while reaping the gains of all production workers.

The UAW and workers in Canton have built a broad coalition of supporters in unions and communities at home in Mississippi and abroad. Whether it’s the NAACP, the Brazilian autoworkers or a Hollywood star with a social conscience (see the Danny Glover YouTube video in the post), the solidarity is resounding.

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Read more about the Nissan workers' campaign to organize in the IndustriALL Global Union blog

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