S.C. union decertification another red flag for Washington jobs

Legislator fears jobs will leave the state

Rep. Cary Condotta, lead Republican on the House Commerce and Labor Committee, today had this to say about the announcement from South Carolina:

“It’s no secret that we have been worried about the future of Washington’s aerospace industry, but we should all take a hard look at what the South Carolina union’s message is to our state. The decertification vote of the union tells us they are rolling out the welcome mat to manufacturing jobs, dedicating themselves to steady and reliable labor, and putting the negotiations for pay and benefits back in a neutral setting.

“I’ve raised the red flag to lawmakers and warned that if we did not do all that we could to retain and grow the base of good-paying jobs in our state, whether in aerospace or elsewhere, other states would move to bring them to their communities. I don’t know what the future holds for our home-grown Boeing Company, but I do know we must act now to address the rising costs of doing business for all employers in Washington.

“We must improve our business climate. The status quo is not acceptable. If we stay on the current path, we would just be putting another brick in the wall to fence-off and deter future job growth. We need to attract new employers to our state, while keeping the ones we have.”

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