State of South Carolina Archives: on Jobs

Joyce Dickerson: Raise the minimum wage

The crowd at Hilton Head Island was roaring its approval as she ticked off her objectives. It was a broad list of issues ranging from improving veterans' care to ensuring equal pay for women, but they all had one thing in common: across-the-board opposition from the unelected man she's vying to replace.

"His views don't match up with the people of South Carolina," Councilwoman Dickerson said of the appointed GOP senator Tim Scott, who will face voters statewide for the first time this year.

"Raising the minimum wage--he's not in support of that. Medicaid expansion--he's against that , too. And it's costing our state's hospitals many millions each year, the fact that politicians like him refuse to expand Medicaid."

Source: 2014 S.C. Senate campaign website, Oct 9, 2014

Brad Hutto: Raise the minimum wage to $10.10

All able-bodied Americans should work, and their hard work should be rewarded. Too many people who work full time to support their family have to rely on food stamps to put food on their tables. Brad supports raising the minimum wage to $10.10, getting people off of food stamps and once again honoring hard work in this country. Brad will stand up for working families.
Source: 2014 S.C. Senate campaign website, Jun 25, 2014

Elizabeth Colbert-Busch: Proud to live in a right-to-work state; keep NLRB away

Sanford cast Colbert Busch as a supporter of union agendas, including the Machinists union. That union filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board claiming a Boeing executive had made illegal, retaliatory comments about the union's Washington state activities before the company opened a North Charleston aircraft-making plant.

"You've taken $70,000 from labor unions," said Sanford, who is running an ad in which Colbert Busch says she wants to be the voice of unions.

Colbert Busch said those comments were taken out of context, and she is proud to live in a right-to-work state, adding the National Labor Relations Board "had no business telling a company (Boeing) where they can locate."

Source: The State webzine on 2013 S.C. House District 1 debate Apr 29, 2013

Nikki Haley: Pledge that every citizen who wants a job, has a job

When this Administration came into office, just over a year ago, with unemployment in double digits and growing, our focus was almost singular--jobs. The reason is fairly simple: if you give a person a job, you take care of a family. And we have a lot of families to take care of in South Carolina. The good news is we've made great progress this past year. The bad news is we still have a ways to go. But my pledge to each of you sitting before me tonight, and more importantly, to the 4.6 million South Carolinians outside of these walls, is that I will not rest until we've created a climate in which every citizen of this state who wants a job, has a job.

We have grown and expanded our South Carolina family this year, welcoming in some wonderful new partners. And after all was said and done, we were able to celebrate $5 billion of investment in South Carolina, and the recruitment of almost 20,000 new jobs in our great state.

Source: 2012 S.C. State of the State Address Jan 18, 2012

Nikki Haley: We pushed back & NLRB dropped its frivolous Boeing lawsuit

In the fall of 2009, Boeing chose North Charleston as the location to build a new line of 787 Dreamliners. While they were creating 1,000 jobs here, they were expanding 2,000 more in Washington State. Not a single Boeing worker was hurt by their decision --in fact, just the opposite. A commitment from Boeing--to a state, to a community, to a work force--is a proven commitment.

Then, the National Labor Relations Board reared its head, suing Boeing in what will surely be remembered as one of the most fundamentally un-American decisions ever handed down by the federal government. And South Carolina would not stand for it. we pushed back. Our federal delegation. Business leaders. State and local officials. And most importantly, the citizens of South Carolina. And Boeing stood tall. Under tremendous pressure from the President and his union allies, this great American company said no, we did nothing wrong and we refuse to cave. And late last year, the NLRB backed down and dropped its frivolous suit.

Source: 2012 S.C. State of the State Address Jan 18, 2012

Nikki Haley: ReadySC: work force training; vocational & technical college

The tools for an effective job training program already exist--we just need to do a better job of putting the puzzle together. Our technical colleges and vocational rehab programs are as good as any in the country. ReadySC has proven, time and time again, it can deliver the workers our companies need--and deliver them swiftly. It is our responsibility to ensure that the left hand is talking to the right, that we aren't wasteful, and that every dollar directed to work force training is actually spent training our work force. Before the month is out, you will see us unveil a restructuring of our work force training program. We will get our communities ready and put South Carolina back to work.
Source: 2012 S.C. State of the State Address Jan 18, 2012

Nikki Haley: I love that we are one of the least unionized states

I love that we are one of the least unionized states in the country. It is an economic development tool unlike any other. Our companies in South Carolina understand that they are only as good as those who work for them, and they take care of their employees. The people of South Carolina have a strong work ethic, they value loyalty, and they take tremendous pride in the quality of their work. We don't have unions in South Carolina because we don't need unions in South Carolina.

However, the unions don't understand that. They will do everything they can to invade our state and drive a wedge between our workers and our employers. We can't have that. Unions thrive in the dark. Secrecy is their greatest ally, sunlight their most potent adversary. We can and we will do more to protect South Carolina businesses by shining that light on every action the unions take.

Source: 2012 S.C. State of the State Address Jan 18, 2012

Nikki Haley: No unemployment benefits for workers on strike

Unions thrive in the dark. Secrecy is their greatest ally, sunlight their most potent adversary. We can and we will do more to protect South Carolina businesses by shining that light on every action the unions take.

We will require unions to tell the people of South Carolina how much money they are making on our backs, which politicians they are funding, and how much they are paying themselves. We will protect the right of every private and public citizen to refuse to join a union, and, by Executive Order, I will make it clear that our state will not subsidize striking workers by paying them unemployment benefits. And we'll make the unions understand full well that they are not needed, not wanted, and not welcome in the State of South Carolina.

Source: 2012 S.C. State of the State Address Jan 18, 2012

John McCain: Straight talk: some jobs arenít coming back

Q: [to Romney]: How can we avoid a recession?

ROMNEY: Weíre going to have to do the hard work of rebuilding our economy, strengthening it. And I know that there are some people, such as Sen. McCain, who think that some jobs have left that are never coming back. I disagree. Iím going to fight for every single job, in every state in this country.

McCAIN: Sometimes you have to tell people things they donít want to hear. There are jobs--letís have a little straight talk--there are some jobs that arenít coming back to Michigan. There are some jobs that wonít come back here to South Carolina. But weíre going to take care of them. Thatís our goal; thatís our obligation. We need to go to the community colleges and design education and training programs so that these workers get a second chance. Thatís our obligation as a nation. And by the way, I donít believe weíre headed into a recession. I believe the fundamentals of this economy are strong, and I believe they will remain strong.

Source: 2008 GOP debate in S.C. sponsored by Fox News Jan 10, 2008

Mitt Romney: MA had 3rd worst job growth; I turned around declining rates

Q: Do you believe that weíre headed for a recession?

A: First, letís get the record straight. Could we be headed for a recession? Absolutely. Do we have to be headed for a recession? Absolutely not. Recessions hurt working families. They hurt people across this country. And so this is something weíre going to have to address in a very aggressive way.

Q: Given your record in Massachusetts, which had the third lowest job growth of any state during the years you were governor, why should voters trust you to handle a slowdown?

A: Iím very proud of the fact that after many months of declining job growth, I took over the state and helped turn that around. And in my years as governor, we kept adding jobs every single month after we saw that turnaround. The pipeline for new jobs coming into our state was in single digits when I came into office. When I left, it was over 200. And some of the biggest employers are still coming into the state. Every month since Iíve left, we keep on adding jobs

Source: 2008 GOP debate in S.C. sponsored by Fox News Jan 10, 2008

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