One of the GOP presidential frontrunners, Mitt Romney, will come to the site of a current labor dispute in South Carolina to introduce his stance on union relations. On the way to a debate in Florida, the former Massachusetts governor will stop off in North Charleston to tour the new Boeing plant and to make a speech from North Charleston City Hall to introduce his labor plan.
The National Labor Relations Board is challenging the airplane manuafacturer’s decision to locate a new assembly line in South Carolina, a non-union (right-to-work) state.
This issue came up in the Labor Day forum hosted by Senator Jim DeMint in Columbia:
“Right-to-work states, those 22, have created three million jobs over the last 10 years. The union states have lost about half a million jobs. So right-to-work is the way to go if you want good jobs,” Romney said.
Yvonne Wenger of the Charleston Post and Courier reported Friday that Romney will introduce his labor policy, including:
– Labor laws must be carried out even-handedly to provide businesses certainty.
-The law must be clear: Any company is free to invest anywhere it wants.
– Workers have a right to vote on whether to unionize by secret ballot, a position that 86 percent of state voters approved in a constitutional amendment in the past general election.
– No “snap” or ambush elections, for votes on whether a company should unionize.
– Unions should raise cash for political contributions through donations, not by using paycheck dues.
With thousands of jobs being challenged by the lawsuit, Romney will find favor with Palmetto State Republicans for taking on the issue. The governor has commended him for taking the time to learn more about the case.
Later in the day, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka will host a press conference call on Republican attacks on the National Labor Relations Board and most specifically on the pending legislation in the House- H.R.2587. Trumka says the measure. billed by Republicans as a remedy to the NLRB’s case against Boeing, this legislation “presents serious, harmful changes to workers’ rights.”