South Carolina’s attorney general argued Thursday that a federal judge should dismiss a labor union’s lawsuit against Governor Nikki Haley.
Alan Wilson told SCRN Haley was within her rights when she explained the priorities for her choice to lead the state Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation. During the December press conference, Haley said Catherine Templeton would “fight the unions.”
The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAMAW) sued both Haley and Templeton last month in response to that comment. In the suit, the union argues the governor’s actions effectively intimidate workers into not unionizing.
Wilson said Haley cannot be sued for merely making comments about her goals as governor.
She simply excercised her right to freedom of speech to advocate a… public policy. She made the comment that she needed someone like Catherine to help her fight the unions. You can pick any issue that you’re going to fight on behalf of or fight against.
Haley has said she intends to do everything her office can to stop unions from forming at the new Boeing assembly plant currently under construction in North Charleston.
Wilson says he believes South Carolina’s pro-business climate encourages more companies to move into the state. He cites the recent census data as evidence.
Nine union states have lost congressional districts to nine right-to-work states– one of which is South Carolina… I believe that is, in part, due to the fact that businesses are coming to our state because of our business-friendly environment and the workforce is following the business.
A spokesperson for IAMAW said Haley’s message was clear, and that government could not take sides in whether or not workers at Boeing decide to unionize.