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Clinton Panders To Unions In A Right To Work State

- October 31, 2015

Today Clinton Will Host A Grassroots Organizing Meeting At The International Longshoreman Hall In Charleston, South Carolina. “Hillary Clinton will return to South Carolina to discuss her plans to help South Carolinian families get ahead and stay ahead. Clinton will lay out how she’ll build on President Obama's progress to raise incomes, reform our criminal justice system and fight for families.” (Hillary For America Website, Accessed 10/30/15)

WHILE CLINTON RELIES ON UNIONS TO HOST HER EVENTS, SOUTH CAROLINA HAS ATTRACTED JOBS WITH ITS PRO-BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT

Since 1954, South Carolina Has Been A Right-To-Work State. (National Right To Work Legal Defense Foundation Website, Accessed 10/30/15)

“Global Manufacturers” Have Been Drawn To “Right-To-Work States Like South Carolina, Where There Is Little Unionization.” “But shrinking manufacturing jobs have spurred a willingness in places like Lancaster County to work for lower pay, making them increasingly attractive production bases. Global manufacturers have also been drawn to so-called right-to-work states like South Carolina, where there is little unionization.” (Hiroko Tabuchi, “Chinese Textile Mills Are Now Hiring In Places Where Cotton Was King,” The New York Times, 8/2/15)

U.S. And Foreign Companies Are Opening New Manufacturing Facilities Across South Carolina

According To Boeing, It Now Has 8,142 Employees In South Carolina After Opening Its Facility There In 2011. (Boeing  Website, 10/30/15)

  • Boeing Opened Its First South Carolina Facility In 2011 Despite A Lawsuit From the National Labor Relations Board. “The opening of the plant has been overshadowed by a lawsuit filed by the National Labor Union Board. The board has accused Boeing of unfair labor practices by moving its second assembly line to North Charleston to punish the union for past strikes. The NLRB is recommending the South Carolina 787 assembly work be moved back to Washington State.” (“Boeing Opens New North Charleston Assembly Plan,” WCSC, 6/9/11)
  • South Carolina Is Now The Number One State For Aerospace Job Growth.” Four Southern states are among the top 10 states in aerospace job growth between 2007 and 2012, with South Carolina far ahead of the others, thanks to Boeing. Aerospace jobs in South Carolina jumped by more than 600 percent over that time period, from 865 workers to 5,685 workers, said Amy Holloway, president of Avalanche Consulting of Texas, who analyzed data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.” (Pamela M. Prah, “Aerospace Manufacturing Takes Off In South,” USA Today, 4/2/14)

This Year Volvo Announced It Was Building A New Manufacturing Plant In South Carolina That Is Expected To Bring 4,000 Jobs To The State. “Volvo said Monday that it will build a new manufacturing plant in South Carolina. Located in Berkeley County, it is expected to create 2,000 new jobs over the next decade, and up to 4,000 jobs by 2030. Construction will begin later this year and Volvo expects to begin rolling out cars from the factory in 2018.” (Ben Rooney, “Volvo Factory To Bring 4,000 Jobs To South Carolina,” CNN, 5/11/15)

  • According To Volvo, South Carolina Is The Leading U.S. State Exporting Both Tires And Automobiles. “South Carolina is home to 250 automakers and suppliers, making it the leading U.S. state for exports of both tires and automobiles, according to Volvo.” (Ben Rooney, “Volvo Factory To Bring 4,000 Jobs To South Carolina,” CNN, 5/11/15)

BMW Has Pledged To Hire 800 More Workers At Its South Carolina Facility With A $1 Billion Investment, The Fifth Expansion Since The Plant Was Founded And Making It BMW’s Largest. “German automaker BMW announced a $1 billion investment in its South Carolina plant that will increase its capacity by 50%. That will make it BMW's biggest factory in the world. The automaker said it plans to hire 800 additional workers at its Spartanburg factory, which would be an increase of 10%. …  The plant opened in 1994, and this will be its fifth expansion since then.” (Chris Isidore, “South Carolina Plant To Become BMW’s Largest,” CNN, 3/28/14)

The Keer Group, A Chinese Company, Chose South Carolina To Invest $218 Million To Build A New Textile Plant That Will Create 501 Jobs. “About 21 months ago, the South Carolina Department of Commerce told Tunnell that a cotton spinning company was looking for a U.S. manufacturing site. ‘I was stunned,’ he said. Even more surprising: The company is Chinese. Competition for the plant among the states ended in December when Keer Group announced it will invest $218 million to build a 230,000-square-foot yarn factory and create 501 jobs within five years in Lancaster County.” (Marsha Mercer, “Textile Industry Comes Back To Life, Especially In The South,” USA Today, 2/5/14)

EVEN AS CLINTON WEDS HERSELF TO UNIONS, UNIONS MEMBERS ARE TRYING TO RUN FROM HER

Abiding By Their Members, The Nation’s Top Unions Are “Sitting On The Sidelines” As They Are “Content To Let Clinton Sweat It Out While They Withhold Endorsement.” “Labor leaders are ‘playing hard to get’ with Hillary Clinton in her bid for the Democratic presidential nomination. Many of the nation’s top unions are sitting on the sidelines, content to let Clinton sweat it out while they withhold endorsements.” (Ken Thomas, “’Give It A Go, Joe’: Pittsburgh Union Crowd Cheers On Biden,” Associated Press, 9/8/15)

  • “Unhappy With The Status Quo,” Union Members Across The Country Are “Restive” Over The “Possibility Of Their Affiliates Endorsing Clinton.” “Unhappy with the status quo and uncertain about the future of labor as union membership shrinks, union members across the country are restive over the possibility of their affiliates endorsing Clinton.” (Sam Frizell, “Hillary Clinton Faces Unrest Among Organized Labor,” Time, 7/16/15)

Despite Clinton’s Pandering, “Many Labor Groups Still Plan To Try To Send Her A Message” Through Delaying Any Endorsements. “So Mrs. Clinton’s support on Tuesday for repealing the so-called Cadillac tax on certain health care plans under the Affordable Care Act, a move urged by many unions, was welcomed by labor, after others in the Democratic field had taken that position. Yet many labor groups still plan to try to send her a message.” (Maggie Haberman, “Today In Politics: Labor Groups Only Partly Return Hillary Clinton’s Embrace,” The New York Times, 9/30/15)

Even The Unions That Have Endorsed Clinton Aren’t Able To Control The Anger Of Their Members

The National Education Association, Who Recently Endorsed Clinton, Currently Faces “Backlash” Similar To Its “Sister Union, The Smaller American Federation Of Teachers (AFT),” Who “Is Still Struggling With” Angry Members After Its Leaders Endorsed Clinton Earlier This Year. “The decision the NEA will make at its leadership meetings this week comes amid a backlash that its sister union, the smaller American Federation of Teachers, is still struggling with after its leaders endorsed Clinton early in the summer.” (Evan Halper, “Some Teachers Resisting Union Endorsement Of Hillary Rodham Clinton For President,” Los Angeles Times, 10/1/15)

  • The Reaction From The AFT Ranks “Has Been Angrier And More Energized” Than It’s Leaders Anticipated. “The reaction has been angrier and more energized than that union's leaders anticipated. Facebook lit up. Nearly 5,000 teachers signed a petition demanding the endorsement be reversed, and members accused their president — Clinton friend, advisor and fundraiser Randi Weingarten — of cronyism and imperiousness.” (Evan Halper, “Some Teachers Resisting Union Endorsement Of Hillary Rodham Clinton For President,” Los Angeles Times, 10/1/15)

The “Disaffection” From Teacher Union Members “Is A Major Political Problem For Clinton.” “The disaffection is a major political problem for Clinton. Teachers have long been some of the most valuable boots on the ground for the Democratic Party, knocking on doors, making phone calls, getting out the vote. Democratic support for charter schools, harsh teacher evaluation models and funding schemes that reward districts for cracking down when test scores falter has shrunk this volunteer army.” (Evan Halper, “Some Teachers Resisting Union Endorsement Of Hillary Rodham Clinton For President,” Los Angeles Times, 10/1/15)

The National Education Association Has Had “Notable Defections” Against Its National Efforts To Line Up Behind Clinton. “The pressure has been intense enough to prompt some notable defections in the National Education Assn., the largest labor union in the U.S., whose president is lobbying state chapters to line up behind Clinton when the organization considers an endorsement at a leadership gathering that starts Thursday.” (Evan Halper, “Some Teachers Resisting Union Endorsement Of Hillary Rodham Clinton For President,” Los Angeles Times, 10/1/15)

  • The New Jersey Chapter Of The National Education Association, One Of The Largest Chapters, “Has Said Flatly That It Will Not Support The Move” To Endorse Clinton. “The New Jersey chapter, one of the biggest, has said flatly that it will not support the move. Massachusetts is joining it. Both want to wait. The Vermont chapter has already endorsed its native son, Sen. Bernie Sanders, an independent who is Clinton's top rival for the Democratic nomination.” (Evan Halper, “Some Teachers Resisting Union Endorsement Of Hillary Rodham Clinton For President,” Los Angeles Times, 10/1/15)
  • The Vermont Chapter Of The National Education Association Has Endorsed Sen. Bernie Sanders. “The Vermont chapter has already endorsed its native son, Sen. Bernie Sanders, an independent who is Clinton's top rival for the Democratic nomination.” (Evan Halper, “Some Teachers Resisting Union Endorsement Of Hillary Rodham Clinton For President,” Los Angeles Times, 10/1/15)

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