SC's diverse union workers don't like bashing

Associated Press

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - When the power goes out in South Carolina, a union member usually repairs that line. When someone sends a letter or a package, the mail carrier or UPS driver is likely a union member.

There are 59,000 workers in unions in South Carolina, doing jobs as diverse as making paper, unloading ships, fighting fires and playing music. And they are angry at what Gov. Nikki Haley is saying.

In her State of the State address, Haley said unions are not needed, wanted or welcome in South Carolina.

But 39-year-old Joe Shelley, who works at Capstone Paper in Charleston, says unions help raise wages and make sure employees have good health benefits. He says they disclose all the money they spend to the federal government and their leaders are democratically elected.

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