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Haley, Republicans Toughen Anti-Union Laws

A bill was filed in the House Tuesday, and Gov. Haley signed an executive order.

Gov. Nikki Haley and Republican lawmakers are toughening the state's anti-union laws. 

At a press conference Tuesday, Haley announced a bill filed in the House that would increase penalties for unions that break laws, according to a report in The State newspaper.  

The bill would also allow union workers to end their membership at any time and require unions to file financial information with the state in additon to what they already file at the federal level. 

“Unions are not needed, wanted or welcome in South Carolina,” Haley said at the press conference with Rep. Bill Sandifer, R-Oconee. 

Haley also signed an executive order that stops workers on strike from getting unemployment benefits, according to the Associated Press

Striking workers are already prohibited from receiving unemployment benefits, according to state law. Haley's order is to make sure that companies don't have to fight a claim for benefits. 

Emptywagon Legendryder January 30, 2013 at 06:46 AM
why is my comment up for deletion?
Lindsay Street January 30, 2013 at 12:32 PM
EL, are you asking why you can see a "Delete" button on your post and no one else's? Because it is your post and you can delete it if you want to. You cannot delete another's post but you can delete your own.
Robert Kelly January 30, 2013 at 02:36 PM
I don't like the laws making if more difficult for unions to organize and represent workers, but what REALLY makes me angry is: “Unions are not needed, wanted or welcome in South Carolina,” Haley said at the press conference... Who does she think belongs to unions? Oh that's right, working people who actually perform work and pay full freight on taxes (not the capital gains crowd with the discount tax rate). These are the people who make our society successful! Some may not want to join unions, but it is clear from the data that union membership has been well correlated with the growth of the middle class, and union atrophy is well correlated with the spreading distance between the wealthy management class and the struggling worker class. Haley gets her political donations from who? Money talks.
Jim Minkler January 30, 2013 at 10:12 PM
She is part of that 2% bunch that looks down on us.She is a pimp for big corp.
stanley seigler January 31, 2013 at 03:43 AM
re: “Unions are not needed, wanted or welcome in South Carolina,” Haley said with her pandered to extreme right (and the 1%) she loses more and more credibility...as jim minkler said: 'a pimp for big corp'... how can anyone (what planet are they from) NOT recognize the positive roll unions have (and still have) in the well being of po folks and middle class...the 47% mitt discounted...the 99%. unions lost their way (power corrupted) they are returning to their roots: economic justice for all. BTW white folks: 'South Carolina's population grew by 15.3 percent during the past 10 years, but its Hispanic population grew 148 percent.'...and many latinos favor unions. 'times they are a-changing'...dont let the train leave you at the station.

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