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SC AFL-CIO Leader Smashes Haley Piñata

Donna Dewitt, the head of the labor union's state office, is shown on video smashing a photo of Gov. Nikki Haley.

COLUMBIA, SC -- Labor unions have long been a source of frustration, debate and arguments in the Palmetto State.

But a new video posted online of the South Carolina AFL-CIO chief Donna Dewitt smashing a piñata with Gov. Nikki Haley's face on it seems to take things to the next level.

The governor's spokesman, Rob Godfrey, shared the video on Twitter this afternoon.

Even Democrats across the state expressed disdain.

"Totally inappropriate," said Democratic strategist Tyler Jones. "There is absolutely no place for this in politics. You don't need a bat to beat Nikki Haley, you just need a brain."

Dewitt has been head of the labor union for 16 years, and the group has been battling with Haley for years over multiple issues.

Haley has repeatedly said a goal of her office was to fight labor unions in the state. 

"There is no place for that in civil public discourse, and that video no more represents the people of South Carolina than union bosses represent our workers," said Rob Godfrey, spokesman for the governor.

Godfrey also referred Patch to Haley's Facebook page. 

"Wow. I wonder if the unions think this kind of thing will make people take them seriously," Haley wrote in her post that links to the incident.

Russell Bannan, a coordinator at the SC AFL-CIO, said Dewitt had long withstood "countless attacks" from the governor, and that even then, her smashing Haley's likeness was obviously done in jest. 

"Obviously, the piñata is a joke," Bannan said. "What isn't a joke is Gov. Haley's continuous campaign to strip away freedom of association, the right to self organization and work place democracy from the hard working families of South Carolina."

Haley's disdain towards labor unions is hardly new. South Carolina has a long history of antipathy against labor unions, resulting in the state having one of the lowest unionization rates in the United States.

In fact, the state has the second-lowest rate of unionization in the country, with just 3.4 percent of its workforce represented by a union, according to the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics. Only North Carolina, at 2.9 percent, has a lower rate.

stanley seigler May 23, 2012 at 07:07 PM
@reg: '...that are owned by the GOTea, which uses them to use what's known as "confusion tactics" in advertising...' sad it works (with sheep)...COLD does not mention unions in his last message (hyperbolic ,T-GOP, harangue...has moved goal posts...to multi ailments..."A-Z of What's Wrong With America"...matbe COLD WV believes unions caused the A-Z's...
Archer 45 May 23, 2012 at 08:14 PM
reg I read just fine. I fail to see any logic in mm's statement. Most if not all states receive more in federal spending than they pay in tax. That's my point it's out of control spending that the problem and as for red states or blue states or slamming folks because the union hasn't taken over you may want to check some stats. If you were to really get into some data and statistics you may find it's more a rural situation and yes that's correct the farmer out there working their tail off isn't making what a rep-re-sent-ed union owned soul would make. And you know he and she probably vote according to their values instead what their rep-re-sent-ta-tive tells them to. Be responsable for yourself stop counting on some communist union shop to take care of your butt. Stand up be American--want to act European float on over to France. I hear they really like Americans over there.
Greg Vivaldi May 23, 2012 at 08:46 PM
Thanks MM, from reading the last post from reg, I forgot that these "blog"s are over run with paid spin doctors that talk and talk and say nothing of importance or even close to being on point. It clearing shows the adversarial attitude in America today, where a meeting of the minds in clear and logical conversation is not possible. I clearly shows my motto of Don't let the truth get in the way of a good story" but hell these spin doc's don't even make sense.....no wonder the easily influeneced in our country spew utter nonsense.
Jonathan Allen May 23, 2012 at 09:36 PM
@ CWV and reg: I think you mean 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., unless you're calling Tim Geitner a Marxist - which could be a possibility I guess.
stanley seigler May 23, 2012 at 11:05 PM
@Greg Vivaldi $77.81 sounds about right...but not the complete story...on many projects union contractor's have to compete with non union contractors and with other union shops... as mentioned: many year ago, in CA, as an union shop i competed favorably with non-union shops...but to the point comparing union v non-union wages are not indicative of cost to taxpayers...ie, it can cost the taxpayer less to do business with a union shop. and certainly does NOT indicate unions rip off taxpayers...unscrupulous contractors (especially defense contractors) rip off the taxpayers with outrageous construction extras...bid em low, stick it to em with extras... FYI cost of living comparison: one making $61,000 in chas would have to make a $100,000 in SF to live a comparable life style...union rate reflect cost of area living. my opine: your CA logic is faulty at best...and "every State is like this" doesn't compute...further: re: I guess you like being broke... CA is not broke...they have to balance their budget...so education, police, firemen, programs for the least, will be cut as GOPs prefer to give tax breaks to rich folks and big oil... re: Are plumbers and electricians worth 160k a year (San Francisco Wage) evidently in SF, they are being hired...unemployment %: SF 8.9; nationally 8.2; SC 8.8; all is interesting...but does little if anything to show unions are destroying the USA...unions are T-GOPs scapegoat

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