In the fight to keep unions out of Tennessee, efforts were blocked to unionize workers with Volkswagen’s plant, a tactic which harmed their state and in fact, all ‘right-to-work’ states in the South. After that decision, Volkswagen’s works council said that the automaker would hesitate to expand in the U.S. South, dealing a devastating blow for future business in that state.
But, Governor Nikki Haley is amping up the anti-union rhetoric with impunity in South Carolina.
Haley said that, much like Tennessee, she would rather see her state have less jobs than jobs that come with unions.
According to Iacknowledge, Haley said,
“It’s not something we want to see happen,” after an appearance at an automotive conference. She added, “We discourage any companies that have unions from wanting to come to South Carolina because we don’t want to taint the water.”
Haley went on to say,
“You’ve heard me say many times I wear heels. It’s not for a fashion statement. It’s because we’re kicking them every day, and we’ll continue to kick them.”
South Carolina’s unemployment numbers are nothing to brag about.
State Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt, a former BMW executive appointed by Haley, said, “Companies that are traditional union companies don’t seem to come looking for an operation in South Carolina. I think our brand and our image precedes us in that regard.”
Volkswagen’s other plants are unionized. When you start ostracizing workers, productivity plummets. And in Volkswagen’s case, the company will unlikely consider any future business dealings in the South.
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