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
A protege of Bill Greider, Mike Elk is an Emmy-nominated labor reporter who covered Lula & the drug war in Brasil and spent years covering union organizing in the South for The Guardian. In 2016, he used his NLRB settlement from being fired illegally for union organizing at Politico to start the crowd-funded Payday Report. The son of retired United Electrical Workers (UE) Director of Organization Gene Elk, he was once described as an "abrasive gadfly" by the New York Times for his role in exposing sexual misconduct in the labor movement. He lives in his hometown of Pittsburgh. Email: [email protected]

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