IMPACT: Nissan to Suspend Production at Mississippi Plant

Mike Elk was the only national reporter to attend the 5,000 person Historic "March on Mississippi" against Nissan.

This morning, Payday Report broke the story of how Nissan was forcing 6,000 workers to continue to work in dangerous conditions in Canton, Mississippi.

The article went viral; garnering over 300,000 views. Danny Glover weighed in support of the workers.

By 11:12 am, Nissan contacted Payday Report objecting to allegations of racism by suspending in Britan, where white Nissan workers while forcing the largely African-American workforce in Mississippi to continue working.

By 4 P.M., Nissan informed workers at the plant that Nissan would suspend production at the plant. However, production won’t stop until Friday.

When pressed about why Nissan wasn’t stopping production immediately, Nissan spokesperson Lloryn Love-Carter responded that “we are shutting down as quickly as possible.

Workers at the plant were elated to hear the news that it was shutting down.

“It feels amazing,” says Morris Mock, a union activist, who helped organize his fellow co-workers to denounce management’s decision.

Workers say that the coronavirus helped opened the eyes of many workers in the plant on how the company wasn’t working in their best interest.

“I think this virus complaint showed that you need something more to protect themselves,” says Travis Parks. “We are gonna keep trying to get a union in here. It will be tough, but we are gonna keep trying”.

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About the Author

Mike Elk
Mike Elk is an Emmy-nominated labor reporter who covered everything from Lula & the Brazilian labor movement to major league baseball. He spent years covering union organizing in the South for The Guardian and was labeled by the New York Times as an "abrasive gadfly" for exposing within the labor movement. Raised in a UE union family in Pittsburgh, Elk was illegally for union organizing at Politico in 2015 and used his NLRB settlement to start the crowd-funded Payday Report. He lives in his hometown of Pittsburgh and is fluent in both Pittsburghese and Portuguese, which he learned when attending journalism school at PUC-Rio de Janerio. Email: [email protected]

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