Nikki Haley on Jobs



Retrain workers for post-AI, like when textiles went abroad

Q: What is your plan to deal with the loss of jobs that are being replaced by AI?

HALEY: When you create a platform like that, it always creates more jobs along the way. Our goal should be, how do we make sure those people have the skills to fit those new jobs? You know, when I came in [as Governor], we had 11% unemployment. All of the jobs in South Carolina had been in the textile industry. And when the textiles went overseas, so went our jobs. And so we started to recruit. And by the time I left, we were building planes with Boeing, more BMWs than any place in the world. We brought in Mercedes-Benz, five international tire companies. But our South Carolinians knew how to make textiles. We went and got them reskilled so that they could do the new jobs. That's the key is, don't leave anybody hanging. Anybody that has had a job that they're watching it go away by artificial intelligence, let's make sure they have the ability to get trained for new jobs that are coming in.

Source: CNN Town Hall: interviews of 2024 presidential candidates , Jan 18, 2024

Cutting taxes and regulations helped employment boom

Nikki threw herself into bringing jobs to her home state and proving that South Carolina--and America--could be a manufacturing powerhouse. Nikki cut taxes, nixed burdensome government regulations, and made small businesses a priority. At the end of Governor Haley's tenure, more South Carolinians were working than at any other time in history, and South Carolina was outperforming the national average. Thanks to her efforts, South Carolina's economy was nicknamed "the Beast of the Southeast."
Source: 2024 Presidential campaign website NikkiHaley.com , May 7, 2023

Fought unionization; new jobs in 45 of 46 counties

In two years, we have announced new jobs in forty-five of South Carolina's forty-six counties. We've announced more than 6,300 new jobs to rural areas of our state.

We've cut taxes on small business. We've passed tort reform that, for the first time ever, puts a cap on lawsuit damages.

We've fought against the unionization of South Carolina, cherishing the direct relationship between our companies--who know how to take care of those that take care of them--and their employees.

We've, through the Department of Social Services, moved more than 14,000 families from welfare to work. We've created an Agribusiness partnership to showcase the largest industry in our state.

Source: 2013 State of the State address to S. C. Legislature , Jan 16, 2013

Non-union Boeing jobs in SC did not cost one union job in WA

In 2009, South Carolina was blessed to welcome a great American company that chose to stay in our country to continue to do business. That company was Boeing.

Boeing started a new line for their 787 Dreamliner, creating 1,000 new jobs in South Carolina, giving our state a shot in the arm when we truly needed it. At the same time, they expanded their job numbers in Washington state by 2,000. Not a single person was hurt by their decision. Not one.

And what did President Obama and his National Labor Relations Board do? They sued this iconic American company. It was shameful. And not worthy of the promise of America.

But we did one of the things we do best in South Carolina - we got loud. And guess what, we won. A few months ago, I watched as a brand new plane rolled onto the runway sporting a "Made With Pride In South Carolina" decal and surrounded by 6,000 nonunion employees. We deserve a president who won't sacrifice American jobs to pacify the bullying union bosses.

Source: 2012 Republican National Convention speech , Aug 28, 2012

Right-to-work helps Boeing deliver jets despite strikes

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) was preparing to sue Boeing for building its 787 Dreamliner assembly plant in South Carolina. The board was alleging that Boeings's decision to locate the production line in S.C. was an illegal labor practice. Unlike Washington State, where Boeing's other 787 assembly line is located, South Carolina is a right-to-work state where workers can't be forced to join a union.

The lawsuit charged that Boeing had illegally retaliated against its largest union, the International Association of Machinists (IAM), when it opened a 2nd assembly line in South Carolina. The machinists had struck 4 times since 1989 at Boeing's facility in Puget Sound, Washington. Their latest strike, in 2008, had gone on for 8 weeks and cost the company $100 million a day. Production of the 787 was 2 years behind schedule when Boeing made the decision to come to South Carolina. When, I wondered, did it become illegal for a company to want to deliver a product on time?

Source: Can't Is Not an Option, by Gov. Nikki Haley, p.214 , Apr 3, 2012

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

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

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

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

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

NLRB vs. Boeing is "direct attack on what America is"

In May 2011, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued a complaint against the Boeing Company aimed at stopping the opening of a new airplane plant that Boeing had built--at a cost of some $750 million--in South Carolina. The plant was built to expand production of Boeing's new 787 "Dreamliner" passenger jet, creating 4,000 new jobs. Yet the NRLB, fired up by new Obama appointees, filed suit to stop the production, accusing Boeing of engaging in "unfair labor practice" by opening a plant in right-to-work S.C. as opposed to pro-union Washington state.

S.C.'s new governor, Nikki Haley, denounced the action: "This is a direct assault on everything we know America to be." She was right.

A further absurdity: the NRLB said that Boeing was taking assets away from Washington state, [but] Boeing was continuing to make 787s at a unionized plant in Everett WA; it was simply planning on building more 787s at the second plant in S.C. [to address] backlogged orders of some 850 planes

Source: Core of Conviction, by Michele Bachmann, p.194 , Nov 21, 2011

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