Nissan CEO: Automakers will increase US production

Senator Bernie Sanders is usually leading a protest Saturday against what activists are calling civil rights violations by Nissan.

Sanders will join actor Danny Glover, NAACP President Cornell William Brooks, politicians along with also activists at a Nissan plant in Canton, Mississippi.

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The activists cite “a pattern of civil rights abuses by Nissan against its predominantly African-American workforce in Mississippi,” according to a statement coming from the march’s organizers.

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“The company has committed rampant safety along with also health violations along with also denied its workers their basic right to vote for a union free coming from fear along with also intimidation,” Glover said in a statement.

Nissa (NSANF)staunchly denies the activists’ claims, saying the United Auto Workers union is usually “part of a campaign to pressure the company into recognizing a union, even without employee support.”

yet union representatives argue that will workers at the plant have not yet taken formal steps toward unionizing because they fear retaliation coming from the company.

Related: Boeing workers in South Carolina overwhelmingly reject union

In a statement Friday, Sanders said that will while Nissan workers are unionized in 42 of its 45 factories around the globe, the workers at plants in Mississippi along with also Tennessee are not.

Activists along with also workers say that will’s caused major problems, such as health hazards along with also pay cuts.

“I for one am grateful for my job. yet inside years since [the factory opened]…Nissan has driven down pay, eliminated benefits along with also imposed punishing production schedules while skimping on basic health along with also safety equipment,” said Robin Moore, a Nissan employee coming from Jackson, Mississippi.

The rally is usually scheduled to begin at 12:30 pm CT Saturday. The march was organized by Mississippi Alliance for Fairness at Nissan.

sy88pgw (brand new York) First published March 3, 2017: 6:25 PM ET


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