A federal agency has eased a lawsuit threat against South Carolina over a constitutional amendment that is aimed at stopping card checks.
The state Attorney General’s Office said the National Labor Relations Board has agreed to work with South Carolina over an amendment passed by voters in November that recognizes the right of workers to organize by secret ballot. The process would stop card checks, which is when a majority of employees sign a petition to create a union, thus bypassing a vote.
Businesses complain that card checks allow unions to intimidate workers into unionizing. Unions say the two-month period required before a secret ballot gives employers an opportunity to bully workers into voting against it.
In a letter last month to South Carolina and three other states with similar laws, the NLRB said the amendment violated federal labor regulations and threatened legal action. Attorney General Alan Wilson responded last week– along with his counterparts in Arizona, South Dakota, and Utah- saying he interpreted the same federal law differently and that he believed the states were in compliance with it.
In a letter to the four states Wednesday, the NLRB said it also hoped to avoid trial. A spokesman for Wilson told SCRN the federal agency would likely allow South Carolina to keep the amendment.