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Senator Bernie Sanders didn’t get much of Mississippi’s vote, and Mississippi is a good little trot from Vermont and DC. But Bernie traveled to support workers there, while Trump sat in Florida sending out childish tweets about Arnold Schwarzenegger, etc, piling on more evidence that he’s a fake populist – though Trump appointees make abundantly clear that Trump is the epitome of fakeness, fake populist and fake news. Adapting Mississippian Tennessee Williams’, “Cat on the Hot Tin Roof“: TRUMP IS MENDACITY; TRUMP IS A LIVING LIE. In short, TRUMP IS FAKE NEWS INCARNATE! Meanwhile, only Alabama sat between Mississippi and Florida, but Trump couldn’t be bothered with working people. Is it because of Renault-Nissan ties to Russia, via Russian government owned Rostec? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AvtoVAZ Rostec CEO, “Sergey Chemezov and Vladimir Putin are said to have worked for the KGB while in East Germany and both lived in the same block of flats. There they became friends.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sergey_Chemezov Or because poor people are “losers”, in Trump’s opinion? Or both?
Some Trump proposals are similar to Nissan’s “Art of the Con”. Tax breaks were known to be an economic con-game well over a decade before Nissan opened in Mississippi. They were recognized as a problem 30 years ago. Companies can take the tax breaks, and as soon as they expire, move to the next place and get incentives, as Nissan is threatening to do if workers unionize: “The Canton plant opened in 2003 after Mississippi lawmakers gave Nissan $1.3 billion in tax breaks in hopes of creating good-paying, full-time jobs. Despite expectations, Nissan repeatedly has violated the rights of its workers…
Most recently, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration on Feb. 10 proposed a $21,000 fine because a poorly-trained assembly line worker lost three fingers. The National Labor Relations Board in 2015 found that Nissan unlawfully threatened to fire workers and close the plant if workers unionize. A new complaint was filed with the board late Thursday accusing the company of unlawfully ordering workers to stop leafleting in a plant parking lot.” (Sen. Bernie Sanders)
Auto parts worker from the Mississippi delta explains the benefits of being in a union and that if they can unionize in the delta (Cleveland, Mississippi), then anyone can.
“In late 2015, the National Labor Relations Board charged Nissan and a temporary worker agency with violating workers’ rights in Mississippi. The Labor Board found that Nissan unlawfully threatened to close the plant if workers unionize; threatened employees with termination for union activity; and unlawfully interrogated employees. Nissan has “been interfering with, restraining and coercing employees in the exercise of their rights,” the Labor Board said…. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued multiple citations against Nissan for violations of federal safety and health laws. The most recent citations, issued in February, found that Nissan “did not furnish employment and a place of employment which was free from recognized hazards that were causing or likely to cause death or serious physical harm to employees.” Nissan’s Canton assembly plant produces models including the Altima, Frontier, Murano, and Titan. The company recently touted that its Altima model was the top selling car among African-American consumers for 2016….” Excerpted from the NAACP News Release: http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2017/03/04/nissan-faces-crackdown-politicians-civil-rights-leaders-over-harassment-african https://mississippitoday.org/2017/02/21/nissan-fined-for-safety-violations/
Nissan CEO: “Carlos Ghosn, KBE (born March 9, 1954) is a Brazilian-Lebanese-French businessman born in Porto Velho, Brazil, who is currently the Chairman and CEO of France-based Renault, Chairman and CEO of Japan-based Nissan, and Chairman of Mitsubishi Motors. From June 2013 to June 2016, Ghosn was Chairman of Russia-based automobile manufacturer AvtoVAZ. École Polytechnique (1974) École des Mines (1978).” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carlos_Ghosn
“Sanders to March in Mississippi for Workers’ Rights
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) will join civil rights and labor leaders Saturday outside a Nissan Motor Co. plant in Canton, Mississippi, to demand that the automaker respect the rights of workers to form a union.
“I am proud to join the fight to give Nissan’s workers the justice, dignity and the right to join a union that they deserve,” Sanders said. “What the workers are doing is a courageous and enormously important effort to improve their lives.”
Nissan has union representation at 42 out of its 45 plants around the world, but not in Mississippi or Tennessee. “The American South should not be treated differently,” Sanders said.
The plant is in a state where the overall poverty rate of 22 percent and childhood poverty of more than 31 percent are the worst in the county. The official unemployment rate of 6.5 percent ranks Mississippi 46th among all states. Only 6.6 percent of Mississippi workers are labor union members. That number is increasing but still low compared to almost 11 percent nationwide.
The Mississippi Alliance for Fairness at Nissan organized the March on Mississippi. Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.), actor Danny Glover, NAACP President Cornell William, former Ohio state Sen. Nina Turner and Mississippi NAACP President Derrick Johnson also will join the rally and march. Building on demonstrations last month at Nissan dealerships across the South, Saturday’s rally will begin at 12:30 p.m. CST at the Canton Sportsplex before demonstrators march two miles to Nissan’s assembly plant.
The Canton plant opened in 2003 after Mississippi lawmakers gave Nissan $1.3 billion in tax breaks in hopes of creating good-paying, full-time jobs. Despite expectations, Nissan repeatedly has violated the rights of its workers.
Most recently, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration on Feb. 10 proposed a $21,000 fine because a poorly-trained assembly line worker lost three fingers. The National Labor Relations Board in 2015 found that Nissan unlawfully threatened to fire workers and close the plant if workers unionize. A new complaint was filed with the board late Thursday accusing the company of unlawfully ordering workers to stop leafleting in a plant parking lot.
“It’s time for Nissan to walk the walk when it comes to the civil rights of its employees,” worker Robin Moore wrote in an op-ed published Thursday in The (Jackson, Mississippi) Clarion-Ledger. “Back when the plant opened,” she added,” people in Mississippi had high hopes that Nissan would bring good jobs to the impoverished and overwhelmingly black community of Canton. And I for one am grateful for my job. But in the years since, things have gone down. Nissan has driven down pay, eliminated benefits and imposed punishing production schedules while skimping on basic health and safety equipment.” https://www.sanders.senate.gov
About a Nissan worker who was fired from their job either due to illness or union organizing. It sounds like Nissan falsified a drug test as an excuse to fire the worker: