A U.S. district judge has sided with Gov. Nikki Haley in a machinists union lawsuit aiming to get Haley to remain neutral in the union’s fight against Boeing.
The machinists union earlier this year challenged anti-union comments made by Haley and the head of the state labor department. Multiple media outlets are reporting the alleged statements could make workers think twice about forming a union.
In the governor’s introduction of Catherine Templeton as new director of Labor, Licensing and Regulation, she was clear that she expected a union battle:
AUDIO: Haley’s words against unions in press conference.
Later, Haley said repeatedly, “It’s no secret, I don’t like the unions.”
But that is not illegal, says U.S. District Judge Weston Houck.
Monday, the 34-page ruling by Judge Houck found the defendants did nothing more than talk. Houck said the defendants’ claims would need to amount to “coercion, intimidation or an imminent threat.”
Houck also held that political animosity against unions is not prohibited under law.