Somma says that she has seen far more sophisticated anti-union campaigns, but that she has never seen a campaign as intense as the one in Macon, Georgia. Kumho’s daily anti-union meetings would range from 2 to 3 hours long and lasted for a period of two-and-half weeks.
“I tell people I am scared. I am scared everyday,” Nina says through her thick accent. “But we survived so much worse during the War. I always tell people you have to take it one day at a time. We always have each other to help us through hard times. We will be OK.”
A win in such a district, which has seen many working-class voters switch allegiances in the last decade, would be a major boost for organized labor.
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“As the city is growing, it’s not just construction work. It’s the people that move here to build the city and stay here after these projects are built,” says Neptali Perez, an organizer with the worker center Workers’ Dignity. “The people that move here deserve to be able to afford to live in the city that they build.”
But to hear Bradley sing, a dream becomes something else. A dream is love to Bradley. The love that makes us believe in one another when everything pushes against us, a love that connects to someone else’s love as we seek to build something more.
Glover, most famous for roles in the Lethal Weapon series and The Color Purple, is a longtime activist and supporter of the UAW and its fight to unionize in the US south. He and Sanders intend to lobby the French president, Emmanuel Macron, to push for a second vote.
“If you are just wearing the shirt, the UAW shirt or just a union shirt, to me that’s protection,” says Hathorn. “Right now, there is no protection, you know, but with the union involved, you have way more protection than what you are getting.”
“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”.
“They don’t understand that they are the union,” said worker Michael Carter. “There is not a third party coming in there, the union is already in there, and that’s what we gotta make them understand, that they are the union.”
Nissan workers Robert Hathorn and Calvin Moore discuss how workers are struggling with one-on-one anti-union meetings and the culture of workplace organizing in Canton, Miss.