January 24, 2012
RE: SC Unions
Contact: Russell Bannan, firstname.lastname@example.org, 864.978.9374
Haley's Desperation Shows in Union Attack
At a State House press conference today, Gov. Nikki Haley announced that her latest attack on labor unions would be an executive order prohibiting striking workers from collection unemployment benefits. Haley also said she would force unions to disclose their financial data.
"I don't know what state Nikki thinks she's in, or what she's running for," said SC AFL-CIO President Donna Dewitt, "but striking workers in South Carolina can't get unemployment and unions already fully disclose their financial information."
South Carolina's union membership is amongst the lowest in the nation and there are no unionized public workers who can bargain for wages.
"Haley is bashing unions in a desperate attempt to distract attention from her support of Mitt Romney," Dewitt said. "Romney believes that corporations are people and he clearly represents the interest of the nation's wealthiest 1%."
"With our state's low wages, low taxes and lax environmental regulations, I fear that the only thing Haley can do to make South Carolina more "business friendly" would be to issue an executive order to bring back slavery," Dewitt observed.