Nikki Haley, Governor of South Carolina and Redstate Gathering attendee, has barely stepped foot into office and the AFL-CIO has deemed fit to use their dues to sue her for expressing her intent to prevent job-killing unions from invading South Carolina which incidentally is a right to work state.
The Governor’s response is refreshingly honest and bold as she essentially tells them to shove their lawsuit where the sun don’t shine.
From the AP:
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley is facing her first big lawsuit after saying the state would try to keep unions out of the Boeing Inc. plant in North Charleston.
The lawsuit filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in Charleston by the International Association of Machinists and AFL-CIO asked for a court order telling Haley and her director of the Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation to butt out and remain neutral in matters concerning union activities.
“There’s no secret I don’t like the unions,” Haley said when asked about the litigation. “We are a right-to-work state. I will do everything I can to defend the fact we are a right-to-work state. We are pro-business by nature. I want us to continue to be pro-business. If they don’t like what I said, I’m sorry, that’s how I feel.”
The lawsuit expresses the fear of intimidation and being coerced which coming from a union is especially comical:
The lawsuit said their actions, “taken under the color of state law, intimidate and coerce workers so that they are compelled to refrain from joining or supporting labor organizations.”
Somehow, the supporters of the inaccurately named “Employee Free Choice Act” managed to stop laughing long enough to file this lawsuit.
The newly appointed Director of the South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation, Catherine Templeton was equally dismissive of not only the lawsuit, but the very concept of unionization.
“In my experience I have found there is not one company that operates more efficiently when you put another layer of bureaucracy in. … We will do everything we can to work with Boeing and make sure that their work force is taken care of, that they run efficiently and that we don’t add anything unnecessarily.”
This didn’t sit well with Democratic State Sen. Robert Ford who managed to pull off the very rare quadruple-negative in response to Templeton’s statement:
“But you don’t have no mandate from nobody that we’re not going to let no labor union exist at Boeing?” Ford asked.
“No, sir. Of course not. We don’t have the authority to do that,” Templeton said.
Unsurprisingly, Ford represents the area with the Boeing plant and the thousands of potential
Democrat contributors union-dues-paying employees.
The future of South Carolina is looking very bright.