COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Gov. Nikki Haley will be using her State of the State address to promote South Carolina's anti-union reputation and kill efforts to unionize Boeing's North Charleston plant. The Governor gives her State of the State address Wednesday evening.
According to an excerpt of her speech provided to The Associated Press, Haley will say Wednesday she's confident the International Association of Machinists union will again fail in its efforts.
Haley considers the state's low unionization membership an economic development tool. She says that reputation is under attack.
The speech follows an anti-union radio ad featuring Haley that began airing in the Charleston area this week.
The National Labor Relations Board's 2011 challenge against Boeing threatened to shut down the newly built North Charleston plant. The NLRB dropped the lawsuit after Boeing and the machinist union in Washington state signed a four-year contract extension.
WCSC will stream the State of the State address live.