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Hollywood and music industry join students in push for Nissan union

JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Hollywood and the music industry come together to support efforts to unionize the Nissan plant.

Friday night a concert was held at Jackson State University sponsored by Nissan workers and Mississippi students.

Fans of Grammy Award winning rap artist and actor Common gathered at the McCoy Auditorium for his performance in support of unionizing workers in Canton.

Behind the scenes actor and activist Danny Glover was making yet another tour stop to support collective bargaining at the Nissan plant.

Some pro-union workers who want the representation of United Automobile Workers say they face intimidation and threats from the corporation.

The 67 year old actor said labor rights are civil rights.

"They know that their fight is to simply to fight here against Nissan for justice at Nissan. They know that the fight is symbolic of what workers have to do here in the 21st century," said Glover.

The actor-director is also working with young Mississippian to push the efforts through the organizations ,the Mississippi Student Justice Alliance and the Concerned Students For A Better Nissan Coalition.

"The allegations being made by the UAW against Nissan are unfounded. Our history reflects that we respect the right of our employees to decide who should represent them. Nissan employees in Canton enjoy jobs that are among the most secure in Mississippi and offer some of the highest manufacturing wages in the state, strong benefits, a working environment that exceeds industry standards and an open dialogue based on transparency and mutual respect," said Nissan Communications and Community Relations Manager Camille Young.

For several years attempts have been made to unionize the automotive company that opened just over 10 years ago in Madison county.

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