Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Governor

Southern governors denounce UAW unionization campaign

“We want to keep good paying jobs and continue to grow the American auto manufacturing sector here,” the governors said.

Gov. Kay Ivey Governor's Office
Getting your Trinity Audio player ready...

Governor Kay Ivey, along with the governors of Georgia, Mississippi, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas, issued the following joint statement:

“We the governors of Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas are highly concerned about the unionization campaign driven by misinformation and scare tactics that the UAW has brought into our states. As governors, we have a responsibility to our constituents to speak up when we see special interests looking to come into our state and threaten our jobs and the values we live by. 

“The reality is companies have choices when it comes to where to invest and bring jobs and opportunity. We have worked tirelessly on behalf of our constituents to bring good-paying jobs to our states. These jobs have become part of the fabric of the automotive manufacturing industry. Unionization would certainly put our states’ jobs in jeopardy – in fact, in this year already, all of the UAW automakers have announced layoffs. In America, we respect our workforce and we do not need to pay a third party to tell us who can pick up a box or flip a switch. No one wants to hear this, but it’s the ugly reality. We’ve seen it play out this way every single time a foreign automaker plant has been unionized; not one of those plants remains in operation. And we are seeing it in the fallout of the Detroit Three strike with those automakers rethinking investments and cutting jobs. Putting businesses in our states in that position is the last thing we want to do.

“The experience in our states is when employees have a direct relationship with their employers, that makes for a more positive working environment. They can advocate for themselves and what is important to them without outside influence. The UAW has come in making big promises to our constituents that they can’t deliver on. And we have serious reservations that the UAW leadership can represent our values. They proudly call themselves democratic socialists and seem more focused on helping President Biden get reelected than on the autoworker jobs being cut at plants they already represent.

“We want to keep good paying jobs and continue to grow the American auto manufacturing sector here. A successful unionization drive will stop this growth in its tracks, to the detriment of American workers.”

The signatories include: Governor Kay Ivey, AL; Governor Brian Kemp, GA; Governor Tate Reeves, MS; Governor Henry McMaster, SC; Governor Bill Lee, TN; and Governor Greg Abbott, TX.

The Alabama Political Reporter is a daily political news site devoted to Alabama politics. We provide accurate, reliable coverage of policy, elections and government.

More from APR

Economy

With two days left in the Mercedes union election, the United Auto Workers remain optimistic about their odds.

Education

Over 400 pre-K through 3rd grade classes are funded through the P-3 initiative.

Economy

At the “Moral Monday” event, Bishop William Barber II talked about how his Christian faith informs his support of unions.

Infrastructure

If signed, SB226 would legalize self-driving cars for personal use and prevent local governments from regulating or taxing them.