Governor Nikki Haley joined other South Carolina lawmakers this week to say she was going to fight to keep Boeing in South Carolina after the National Labor Relations Board filed a complaint against the airplane maker. The NLRB complaint states Boeing violated federal law when it built its 787 Final Assembly Facility in North Charleston because South Carolina, unlike Washington, is not a union-friendly state.
Governor Haley says the complaint will not affect future business for the state.
The calls that I am getting is that companies want to come, and they want to come because we are a great state to do business in. The costs are low, we’ve got great ports, we’ve got great infrastructure and we will have a trained workforce ready to go. I will tell you, that if anything, this right here is helping me recruit. I thank the NLRB for bringing this to light because what they are seeing is that South Carolina is a state of fighters. I will lead the charge, and I thank every company, because I welcome those phone calls because they will start coming.
Haley was joined by Congressman Tim Scott, Senator Lindsey Graham, House Speaker Bobby Harrell, Charleston Mayor Joe Riley and North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey. At the press conference she was asked if the NLRB claim created a dark cloud for the economic outlook of the state. Her reply–
Absolutely not. You look at all of us standing here and it shows every company across this country and internationally that’s looking at South Carolina that you have a family that’s willing to fight for you.
The North Charleston facility is expected to load its first 787 jetliner for United Airlines in July. Haley says Boeing is here to stay.