Watch: Payday em Portugues em Canton, Mississippi – Brazilian Autoworkers Speak Out Against Nissan

(Emre Yagci)

“Get up, Get Down, Canton is a union town” shouted dozens of UAW activists outside of Nissan plant’s gates on Thursday.

The onslaught of TV ads and one-on-one anti-union meetings began taking their effect. Many activists knew that they were going to lose, but the carnival atmosphere of the demonstration seemed to offer a brief respite.

Carlos Albino, President of the  Brazilian Mitsubishi metalworkers union, dressed up as a bear mascot and danced to entertain the crowd.

“We will win someday because the bosses can never take away the happiness that we feel here,” says Paulo Pissinini, a Renault Nissan union activists from Curitiba, Brazil. “They can never take over our happiness”. 

Watch Payday Senior Labor Reporter Mike Elk (a Brazilian Portuguese speaker) interviews Brazilian autoworkers about how labor rights conditions are worse in Brasil than the United States.



About the Author

Mike Elk
Mike Elk is the founder of Payday Report and also covers labor and immigration for The Guardian. In 2015, he was illegally fired for union organizing as Politico’s senior labor reporter and used his $70,000 NLRB settlement to start Payday. The son of United Electrical Workers (UE) Director of Organization Gene Elk, he lives in his hometown of Pittsburgh and has dinner with his folks regularly. He can be reached at A Sidney Award winner and proud graduate of Woodland Hills, Elk lives in his hometown of Pittsburgh.

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