BOEING BATTLE LOOMS IN BACKGROUND …
|| By FITSNEWS || South Carolina remains one of the least unionized states in America … for the time being.
Only 2.2 percent of South Carolina’s workforce was unionized in 2014, according to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). That’s the lowest percentage of any state save for North Carolina (1.9 percent). In 2013 South Carolina’s unionization rate was 3.7 percent.
All told the number of unionized employees in the state fell from 69,000 to 41,000 … although that figure obviously doesn’t include a flood of government workers who might as well be unionized.
More than 350,000 South Carolina workers are employed by government – roughly 20 percent of the state’s total workforce.
It also doesn’t include as many as 3,000 workers who could be unionized later this month depending on the outcome of an election at aircraft manufacturer Boeing’s North Charleston, S.C. facility. The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) filed its petition to hold an election at the crony capitalist company’s heavily government subsidized facility last month – the first stage in what sources tell FITS is a “siege” of the facility.
The election is currently scheduled for April 22 – although company officials could seek to delay it via procedural complaints against the IAM.
Nationally, the total number of unionized workers in America stood at 14.6 million in 2014 – up modestly from 14.5 million a year ago. Of course the percentage of salaried workers belonging to a union declined from 11.3 to 11.1 percent. Meanwhile the percentage of public sector workers belonging to a union stood at a whopping 35.7 percent – up from 35.3 percent a year ago.
Translation? Whereas the private sector has gradually rooted out these cancerous organizations, the public sector (especially U.S. president Barack Obama) is trying to keep them alive.