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Sound Off: Weigh In With Others On Haley Piñata Video

Readers react to labor leader's party game: 'Ignorance', 'Relatively tame.'

On Tuesday, a video surfaced of S.C. AFL-CIO leader Donna Dewitt swinging a stick at Gov. Nikki Haley's image on a piñata.

Haley has been a target for labor groups because of her opposition to unions in the Palmetto State and her aggressive response to a dispute between the National Labor Relations Board and the state's biggest new business: Boeing.

that go far beyond a party game in bad taste to the broader question of the value of unions in the 21st century.

Scott Graham wrote that unions aren't what they used to be.

"I'm from a family that has been been pro union for several generations," said Graham. "The degree of ignorance displayed by the AFL-CIO over the past decade has made not only myself but others want nothing to do with them."

Others suggested this kind of carelessness is politics as usual and made a distinction between union leaders and union members — a frequent distinction from readers.

"Why any surprise?" asked NightwidHD. "This is a typical response from the low-brow, knuckle-dragging union leadership … and this is not a knock against union members, the vast majority of which are hard working people just trying to care for their [families]."

Paul Jacobs reminded us of past partisan missteps, like Sarah Palin's unfortunate "targets" website in 2010. 

"One: This is relatively tame compared to GOP candidates putting targets on Democrats that always seem to be the ones taking bullets," he wrote. "Two: It's absurd because Nikki Haley would never share her candy with others."

The defense of Dewitt focused on Haley's forceful anti-union talk.

"It was a tasteless joke, but they weren't taking food out of Haley's mouth as she is trying to do with American middle class taxpayers (union members)," wrote mm3264.

And reader Reg challenged the assumption that unions are a product of another era.

"Without unions, you'd have no vacation. No benefits. No sick leave. No overtime. No chance of retiring," Reg stated. "Since union membership has declined over the past 30 years, have you noticed that hourly wages have declined in comparison to cost of living, while exec salaries have quadrupled? … To say you don't need representation in the labor field is like saying you don't need attorney in a court room."

Comments from a reader using the login "Marcus Aurelius" suggest this AFL-CIO stunt will be just another example for anti-union folks to use while they user labor groups out the door. 

"It won't be perfect in South Carolina until the 3.4 percent of people in unions in the state is down to 0.0 percent," the reader stated. "We don't want unions in SC. We work for our living down here, so pack up your bags and hags like Donna Dimwit, and head back up north with all your other money-grabbing crook brothers and sisters."

What do you think? Post your comments below.

AlaskanPotatoSlap May 24, 2012 at 03:06 PM
Funny, the comment "head back up north with all your other money-grabbing crook brothers and sisters." Bank of America is headquarted in the SOUTHERN city of Charlotte. The former Wachovia was headquartered there as well. There are also corporate HQ's in Atlanta, which is -gasp- another southern city. As far as uniins here in SC, I'd wager Haley has cost the state of SC a drudge more money than any union has. The union leadership is not without fault by any means, but to eliminate unions because of such is dangerous.
John H May 24, 2012 at 04:05 PM
I think unions are still a necessary component of America’s brand of Capitalism. Unions helped in the past and still do establish and support a sophisticated and politically powerful middle class that raised the quality of living for all working men and women. The pioneers took great personal risk for the greater good. As with all organizations in time there is the corruption that power creates within organizations as they follow the natural course of, exercising control over its members, wanting more, and self-preservation. Big unions have their share of problems and it’s hard to separate the past benefits from the present negativity. There are many unions big and small that do provide things such as group insurance, pension plans, and government activism to name a few for those that benefits of that nature are not available from their employer or industry.
stanley seigler May 24, 2012 at 06:31 PM
re: What do you think? many/most pro/con thoughts/opines expressed on "SC AFL-CIO Leader Smashes Haley Piñata"...doubt any opinions will be changed... but look forward to anything new... FYI stuff to ponder: Trade unions in Germany define themselves as being more than a "collective bargaining machine", but as important political player for social, economical and also environmental subjects, especially also for labor market policy and professional education. Scandinavia has the world's highest union-membership rates... around 70 percent of all Swedish workers belong to a trade union... Sweden offers an attractive and rewarding work environment to employees. Labor and employment protection frameworks are strong and there is a national culture of constructive cooperation and dialog between employers and employees. Industrial disputes and conflicts are rare. Social insurance provides financial security for all. The social security system has many facets, ranging from parental leave and child care to sickness and accident insurance, disability assistance and care for the elderly. perhaps following is relative to union participation in government. Median Monthly Disposable Salary (After Tax): USA $2,912; sweden $2,797... not sure USA v sweden comparision means anything...perhaps SC v sweden means something (e/ie/io; population: SC 4.7 million; sweden 9.4 million)...median monthly disposable income: SC $2,298; sweden $2,797
stanley seigler May 24, 2012 at 07:11 PM
more FYI stuff [CLIPs] Heavily unionized countries are outperforming everyone else. This is true in the industrialized world, for the most part. The union-heavy countries, according to the OECD, are Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark and Iceland. The Nordics have union membership rates of more than 50%. Sweden and Finland are nearly 70%. And how are these countries doing? Sweden expects growth of nearly 5% this year, and its central bank is tightening monetary policy to tamp down inflation concerns. Norway is growing and its unemployment rate is below 4%. Its central bank is raising rates, too. The story is similar in Finland and Denmark. [for resy of story goto: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB128363783494134529.html ]
Debra Foshee May 25, 2012 at 04:47 PM
I don't care what you think of Haley's politics (I don't care for them myself) but this video and what it portrays is disgraceful.

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