Union Free SC

IAM President Robert Martinez Jr.'s offensive remarks reaffirm why we need to keep South Carolina a Right to Work state and oppose legislation like H.3029  that tries to repeal our Right to Work laws:



BREAKING: Post & Courier Reports: The percentage of South Carolina workers who were members of a labor union in 2015 dropped to its lowest level in at least a decade, and the Palmetto State now ranks last in the nation for employees represented by organized labor. Read more

A Message From Ted Pitts

There is no secret that one of the reasons that South Carolina has become the “IT” state when it comes to economic development is because of the Palmetto state’s great workforce and strong right to work laws. It also is no secret that labor unions are targeting South Carolina employees and businesses. The South Carolina Chamber of Commerce believes that preserving and enhancing the direct relationship between employees and employers ensures the best environment for the achievement of both employee and company goals. The South Carolina Chamber of Commerce, through its Union Free SC initiative, maintains an active role in promoting a positive business and employee relations climate. - Ted Pitts, President & CEO of the SC Chamber of Commerce

SC Chamber: Union Free SC

Preserving and enhancing the direct relationship between employees and employers ensures the best environment for the achievement of individual and company goals.  The Chamber believes that unions can unnecessarily interfere with and erode established successful employee-manager relationships.
Our number one priority is maintaining our status as one of the least unionized states in the union. As such, we echo the U.S. Chamber’s priorities in fighting Labor Unions.

  • We are fighting back against the NLRB's "Ambush Election" Rule, which significantly shortens the time between a union filing a request for an election and the date the election is actually held. Accelerating the union election process deprives employers of their right to communicate with their employees the impacts of unionizing.
  • We oppose any move on the state or local level to change our minimum wage laws.  Economic studies have shown that mandatory wage hikes could price workers out of jobs.
  • We oppose the NLRB's efforts to overturn its long-standing "joint employer" standard. The move would needlessly upend existing law and undermine a clear-cut standard that has increased businesses' flexibility and competitiveness and created employment opportunities for millions of Americans for 30 years.
  • We support restoring the definition of a full-time work week to 40 hours, which has been the bedrock of the American workforce for more than 50 years. The Affordable Care Act redefined the full-time work week to 30-hours so that employers would be forced to offer health care coverage to more workers. But the change in law is actually harming employees because businesses have little choice but to reduce hours or stop hiring to mitigate costs.
  • We oppose efforts to rewrite labor and employment laws in ways that will prevent well established and proven federal contractors from being able to continue providing the federal government with vital goods and services.
  • We oppose the administration's initiative to rewrite regulations changing who is eligible to earn overtime compensation. Forcing employers to reclassify employees from salaried employees to hourly employees will result in a loss of status, benefits, and no increased earnings.

2015 Workforce & Jobs Report


GOVERNOR Nikki Haley: The IAM doesn’t believe in South Carolina.

Governor Nikki Haley
SC State of the State
January 21, 2015

“Any truly objective review of South Carolina’s business landscape notes the benefit we get from the minimal role unions play in our state. In 2013 we had the third lowest percentage of union workers in America, with just 3.7 percent of South Carolina workers choosing to join a union.

“I cannot express to you the extent to which this is a game-changer when we are trying to bring new businesses to our state. We have a reputation – internationally – for being a state that doesn’t want unions because we don’t need unions. And it is a reputation that matters.

“Now, that reputation, and even more importantly, a South Carolina company, are under attack. And they are under attack by an organization that has proven it cares nothing for South Carolina or our workers….” Read More