UAW Loses Nissan Vote For Now – But Mississippi Workers Keep Their Eyes On The Union Prize
By Doug Cunningham
The emotions were raw as pro-UAW Nissan workers lamented their union election loss here in Canton Mississippi. But beneath the anguish created by Nissan’s illegal fear and intimidation campaign triumph was a fierce determination by these workers to keep their eyes on the union prize. Antonio Hoover is a thirteen year Nissan worker.
[Antonio Hoover]: “Many of us are on the verge of divorce! Many of us are on the verge of losing our families because of Nissan! But you put this doggone campaign and try to make us look bad. But you all are the ones that did us like this.
But I’m gonna tell you something Steve Marsh. Six months baby. SIx months – you don’t clean this mess up we WILL be back! We’ll be back!
We are the ones that make the profit for Nissan. We are the ones! UAW, stronger baby! UAW! Stronger!”
Nissan worker and UAW supporter Betty Jones.
[Betty Jones]: “We didn’t do no dirty tricks. We didn’t tell no lies. We did not intimidate anybody. We didn’t. So when we walk in that plant on Monday mornin’ you hold your head up!
‘Cause I’m gonna walk in there because God gave me the courage and He gave me the boldness. Nissan ain’t gave y’all nothin’!
When you walk in there Monday mornin’ they’re payin’ you for your labor. They don’t care anything about you! We care about the people. We care about safety, we care about our benefits and we still gonna care about those things.
Let me tell you somethin’. Our co-workers, they gonna find out how Nissan really is. When they go in there Monday morning they cut you air off. When you go in there Monday mornin’ they gonna turn up that line speed on you!
I want you to think about thank Nissan then. Let me tell you somethin’ They gonna show their true color. They gonna show ‘em. We showin’ ours tonight. We showin’ ours.”
The UAW has filed unfair labor practice charges against Nissan and if Nissan is found guilty there could be a repeat vote.
Nissan worker Isaac Jackson.
[Isaac Jackson]: “A lot of times you don’t get off the plantation in Mississippi on the first try. You sometimes – you have to wait to the midnight hours and slip off and leave your clothes and your shoes.
But when you cross the Mason-Dixon Line ‘y’all is free then! You feel me?
So don’t you quit. Don’t hold your head down. When you walk in that plant on Monday mornin’ lift your head high, hold your shoulders back and let everybody know you’ve been in a good fight.
And this is a good fight and I’m glad I was in it!I’m glad that I was in it! You haven’t lost anything! You gained your dignity, you gained your respect! You gained your self-worth! It was a good fight.
And guess what? It ain’t over yet!”