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Union Workers Have It Better

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At a pro-union rally in Canton, Mississippi, near Nissan’s plant, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders congratulated workers for their courage “in standing up for justice.”

Many in the crowd held signs that read “Workers’ Rights = Civil Rights.” Also in attendance were actor Danny Glover, NAACP President Cornell Brooks, and United Auto Workers President Dennis Williams.

According to Sanders, “If you are a member of a union in America, you are going to make 27% more than a nonunion 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 healthcare and a better retirement plan than nonunion members.”

The UAW has long struggled to unionize foreign-owned auto plants across the South, where Mississippi’s political and business establishment is generally hostile to unions, including Governor Phil Bryant.

The crowd marched to the Nissan plant and delivered a letter demanding that Nissan “cease intimidation and threats” against pro-union workers, discuss a neutrality agreement to ensure employees can vote on a union “in a free and fair election,” and improve training and safety.







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