Governor Nikki Haley considers factories from Ford, General Motors, Chrysler or other companies with union involvement not welcomed in the state, as she says the state is content with nonunion jobs from BMW, Michelin and Boeing.
In the wake of the dire defeat in VW’s Chattanooga, Tennessee plant, where workers declined unionizing efforts from the United Auto Workers, political pressure from Southern states against unions has upped the pace.
The US governor said she advises companies that come with a union no to build facilities in South Carolina.
“It’s not something we want to see happen,” she said during an appearance at an automotive conference in downtown Greenville. “We discourage any companies that have unions from wanting to come to South Carolina because we don’t want to taint the water.”
“We need good, high-paying jobs in South Carolina. Part of leadership is putting ideology and partisanship to the side when there’s something that could be good for South Carolina,” also said State Senator Vincent Sheheen, Haley’s Democratic opponent.
Sheheen said he also thinks South Carolina should remain a right-to-work state where workers are free to choose if they want to allow union representation.