“Unions thrive in the dark. Secrecy is their greatest ally, sunlight their most potent adversary. And we'll make the unions understand full well that they are not needed, not wanted, and not welcome in the State of South Carolina.”As if this remark wasn’t aggressive enough, this week Governor Haley announced the filing of a new bill that's sole intent is to weaken unions even further in her state.
Governor Haley claims this bill is about closing loopholes, but South Carolina is already home to some of the toughest anti-union laws in the nation -- less than 5% of the State's workers are unionized. Furthermore, she doesn't have the power to decide where unions can and can't be. The decision to form a union is up to workers -- not politicians.
This bill is nothing but desperate pandering fueled by Governor Haley’s selfish desire to regain fringe tea party support that is eroding following her ill-timed endorsement of Mitt Romney.
It’s understandable for Governor Haley to feel frustrated. South Carolina’s unemployment rate, at 9.9%, ties them for 10th worst in the nation. But taking away the rights of workers does nothing to create jobs.
It would be nice if Governor Haley displayed a semblance of understanding workers before she so openly bashed them. We have the largest gap between rich and poor in this country since the Great Depression. An overwhelming majority of GDP is going to corporate profits whereas historic lows are being contributed to wages and salaries. It’s not workers whose power and influence needs to be curbed, it’s corporations.
Governor Haley should wise up and shift her focus away from abolishing the rights of working class Americans. Maybe then we'll see her put forth legislation that actually makes a positive difference in people's lives.