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. Their campaign for justice has won support both locally and globally.
One of the growing groups backing the Nissan workers is Concerned Students for a Better Nissan. While the group has received great support from students at several colleges and universities, as this video shows, they found a more hostile reception outside a Nissan dealership when they decided to spotlight what workers say are the tactics Nissan is using to intimidate workers who are seeking a union voice.
But the students, who were on a public sidewalk, ignored the bullying and held their ground and their banner. Take a look at their persistence in the video above.
Follow the students' action in support of Nissan workers on Facebook.
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. UAW President Bob King says Nissan is:
Intimidating workers and denying them their fundamental right to a fair union election.