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Chip 43, an 11-year veteran at the 5,200-employee plant in Canton, Miss. the recent bad news coming out of the plant in Chattanooga, Tenn. did to deter him and fellow pro-union workers from their to join the United Auto

People think that us, says Wells, who works in paint department, but we think it us stronger. That plant (in was only opened for two years. still in the honeymoon phase.

The UAW some mistakes and they it, he says. The demographics were Here labor rights are rights, actually human

Wells expects a union at Nissan’s Canton plant by summer. UAW President Bob King has his legacy to organizing in the South, and he to step down in June.

says he traveled to Chattanooga to the Valentine’s Day 712-626 vote UAW representation at the Volkswagen plant. we got there, they’d lost by 43 or many there were. were crying. To me, they it too hard. We don’t need to be like this.

Despite its closeness, the vote at the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga was a devastating loss that the United Auto Workers effort to organize Southern by the Associated Press. The New York called it a stinging defeat for the Others talked of a fatal to UAW hopes to organize the foreign plants in the South.

What’s from this picture is the campaign in Canton that has from small gatherings of organizers, and a handful of courageous in 2005 to rallies of hundreds at churches and college auditoriums. of workers, students and activists traveling to trade shows the country and as far away as South and Brazil, where national leaders have pledged support.

Even beyond in Canton, the UAW has an active campaign at the plant in Vance, Ala. as with the Volkswagen plant in the potential exists to establish a works council with the UAW workers on key issues such as benefits and working conditions.

In Chattanooga, the UAW should have on more time to establish a foundation of community support would withstand the inevitable political-business-media juggernaut. U.S. Bob Corker, R-Tenn. Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and groups like Grover Americans for Tax Reform led a virulent warning of lost jobs, closings and a Detroit-like future if the UAW

The UAW underestimated the forces aligned it. The union figured that own willingness to allow a fair and creation of a German-style works at the plant was sufficient to ensure The UAW was wrong.

Mississippi is different.

The who voted in Chattanooga were white in a Republican stronghold in a state. Mississippi is also but the Nissan plant has an 80-percent workforce and is located near the city of Jackson, one of the state’s few strongholds. Then there’s the of civil rights in Mississippi.

The politicians are going to get involved, and it is to be ugly, Well says. here in the South this is a This is the 50th anniversary of Summer. They didn’t people coming in from the to tell them how to do their They look at the UAW the same

Indeed, the summer of 2014 mark the 50th anniversary of the of civil rights activists Goodman, Mickey Schwerner and Chaney in Neshoba County, Goodman and Schwerner came to as part of a wave of young hoping to help establish and democracy during what known as Freedom Summer. was a native Mississippian and the only among the three.

Labor Are Civil Rights was the banner by a delegation of preachers, activists and from Canton to the recent American International Auto in Detroit. That slogan has a network of students at historically colleges and universities who are constantly their computers and iPhones to support for a union election at the plant.


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Our movement is moving, says Mohammad, a 19-year-old English at predominantly black Tougaloo near Jackson and a leader of the Student Justice Alliance. We such amazing talent photographers, journalists — active young people. is feeling the pressure.

What the in Canton and Chattanooga face is workers face all across the Yet union campaigns were at places such as Smithfield in North Carolina in recent and, decades before, the textile giant J.P. in North Carolina. The Farm Organizing Committee and Coalition of Workers have also won wages and conditions for migrant in North Carolina and Florida. campaigns were all hard-fought and years.

You’ve got to train local leaders, get your group together and train veteran Southern labor Danny Forsyth once me in an interview. Whenever I left the local leadership could do was necessary to do.

Forsyth knows he’s talking about. a four-year period in the 1980s, he secure 20 victories out of 22 campaigns in the That includes the successful to establish a union at the giant textile mill in Kannapolis, in 1999.

The best organizing is from the up, Forsyth said, and it utilizes the methods espoused by famed organizer Saul Alinsky. learn where they fit in the existing power structure in a and see they have power, Community is key to organizing, Forsyth

A workers’ organizing committee has a foothold at the Nissan-Canton plant, Wells says. We are fighting for other. We love each We’ve gotten to know other, really become from not even knowing other a couple years If something happens to one, we all get each other.

Anti-union inside the Canton plant Wells says. Plant no longer subject workers to the videos that were a staple, but they still us how many plants (the closed down, insinuate

Unlike Volkswagen, Nissan has no indication that it will a fair, intimidation-free election at the plant. Nissan CEO Carlos has been a vocal opponent of at his company’s Southern plants.

Mississippi Gov. Phil a Republican, has already publicly outside groups to come in and fight unions at the auto in his state. He and other Republican can be expected to do what Haslam and did in Tennessee.

It is our blood, sweat and that is in these vehicles, worker Wells says. We are for the politicians.

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