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.



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Mike Elk
Mike Elk is an Emmy-nominated labor reporter and alumni of the Guardian. In addition to filing nearly 2,000 stories from 46 states, Elk traveled with Lula from Sáo Bernando do Campos all the way to the Oval Office in the White House. Credited by the Washington Post for being the first reporter to track the strike wave systematically, Elk started Payday Report using his NLRB settlement from being illegally fired for union organizing in 2015. He lives in his hometown of Pittsburgh and works frequently in Rio de Janeiro, where he attended college at PUC-Rio. He speaks both Portuguese and Pittsburghese fluently. His email is [email protected]

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