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South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley arrives in the Spin Room after a Republican presidential candidate debate in Charleston, South Carolina January 19, 2012.  REUTERS/Eric Thayer
South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley
South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley doesn't want companies to bring more jobs to her state—at least not if they're the wrong kind of jobs. "Wrong kind" here means not low-wage jobs, or unsafe jobs, but union jobs:
Haley said Wednesday that she discourages companies from building new facilities in South Carolina if they are planning to bring a union with them.

“It’s not something we want to see happen,” she told the Greenville News following an appearance at an automotive conference in downtown Greenville.

“We discourage any companies that have unions from wanting to come to South Carolina because we don’t want to take the water.”

Yeah, take your stinking living-wage jobs and shove 'em!

What exactly is Haley so afraid of? Republicans often claim they just don't think unions are good for workers. But worse that unemployment, if that's the alternative? And if you really believe that, exposed to unions, workers will reject them, wouldn't it be good to occasionally allow some unions in to remind workers how awful they are? After all, no one can be made to join a union, and in anti-union South Carolina, workers can get the benefits of union representation, should they want them, without paying the costs.

It's almost like Haley is worried that unions might be ... catching, like a few big unionized workplaces might make workers at other South Carolina businesses interested in joining unions themselves. Because the idea that a governor would reject jobs simply because a union might be an option? That's just crazy unless there's something else going on. Right?

Originally posted to Daily Kos Labor on Thu Feb 20, 2014 at 08:52 AM PST.

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