Bernie Sanders was one of the candidates that raced for the presidential seat back in 2016. Even though he lost in the face of Hillary Clinton during the primaries for the Democratic Party, he received the popularity vote as he pronounced himself in favor of modern subjects. These are climate change, universal health care, LGBT rights, corporate welfare, parental leave, campaign finance reform, and others. As of recently, he joined the national efforts to coordinate a union push at Nissan.
Several companies are relying on politicians and expensive advertisement to put the idea of workers’ union to sleep. For instance, Boeing has already invested $485,000 in TV ads while politicians started describing a success union push as an effort to make companies move their factories away from U.S. soil. Such strategies have already proven successful back in 2014 when the attempts to unionize Volkswagen workers in Chattanooga failed.
The United Auto Workers has been struggling for 13 years to organize the group of 5,000 workers at the Nissan facility in Mississippi into a syndicate but to no avail. Through their recent union push, activists seek votes for their goals. To support their efforts, Bernie Sanders together with actor Danny Glover and representatives of NAACP, the biggest African-American advocacy group in the U.S., spoke Saturday at the rallies gathered at the Nissan Plant.
The organizers want the Japanese company to stop harassing the African-American employees. The working party has been trying to start a union of their own. However, the management of Nissan reportedly threatened that if this happens, the facility will be shut down and workers will lose their jobs. The company continued by interrogating workers of their intention in an unlawful way.
The United Auto Workers filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board in May. Their report claimed that the management has employed discouraging strategies as methods to put a stop to all efforts of a union push. At the Mississippi rally, there were approximately 3,000 people who gathered together to support the workers at the Nissan plant.
The Vermont senator applauded the courage of this group and highlighted the fact that there are already 42 out of 45 Nissan plants that benefit unions. However, many manufacturers take advantage of the U.S. South where unions are not as rooted in the social spirit as in the rest of the nation.
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