Thursday, March 08, 2012

Nikki Haley and Mick Zais Pro Union afterall?

Governor Nikki Haley made a national reputation of taking on labor unions when she fought the National Labor Relations Board in regards to its stand on Boeing locating a plant in South Carolina. State Superintendent of Education Mick Zais seems to take a shot against the SCEA, the equivalent of a teacher's union in South Carolina, every chance he gets. So, hardcore real Republicans cheer both as fighters against unions.

But, their shortsighted stand on school bus transportation has union folks licking their chops. Haley and Zais, for various true believer and money reasons, support the bill in the South Carolina House that will sell all the school buses in the state fleet and make districts provide their own transportation or preferably contract with a private company for bus transportation. As their public money for private school tuition scheme, it is not well thought out.

First, public bus drivers in South Carolina can not be unionized. Charleston County decided to privatize its district buses and was met with unionization by the Teamsters, which drove up the cost of those buses. They could afford it. Other counties around South Carolina can not.

VUI will dig deeper into the public school transportation issue. But, this post is about unions. Under the Haley-Zais plan, unions will have an open door to take over your children's transportation to and from school. A private company doing that can be unionized by the Teamsters. They can strike for higher pay, better conditions, whatever, and at whatever time, and leave you scrambling to get your children to school.

As it stands now, your child's transportation is ran by the public. The buses are going to run everyday school is in session. Their trips to and from school can not be held hostage by a Teamster's Union Boss who makes a decision a thousand miles away.

But, that is the kind of thing that happens when two politicians who really do not think things out and have no beliefs other than their own well being push for things they are talked into by well paid lobbyists and groups. The truth is, privatize school buses, and you will have union battles all over this state as well as increased local school taxes, and kids finding themselves unable to get their constitutionally provided access to public schools, which will lead to more taxpayer costs with lawsuits and the like.

Who knew Haley and Zais were so pro union and so much for raising taxes and government spending? They might claim they are not, but their support of this bill shows that they are. Actions speak so much louder than words.


  1. Mr. McCarty:

    This post inaccurately describes State Superintendent Zais' position on the legislation. As published in The Greenville News on February 25, 2012:

    "State Superintendent of Education Mick Zais asked for $36 million from the state’s reserve fund and for $12.4 million in unclaimed lottery prize money to buy new buses in the fiscal year that starts July 1, which Haley opposes.

    This year’s budget includes that amount from unclaimed lottery prize money, and the Education Department is in the process of buying buses with the money, according to spokesman Jay Ragley.

    Zais hasn’t taken a position on the School Bus Privatization bill, which mirrors Haley’s proposal.

    But, “He is not opposed to districts making the choice to contract transportation services, and he is not opposed to districts maintaining transportation services themselves,” Ragley said."

    Thank you for posting this comment to correct the record.

  2. Calhoun FawlsMarch 09, 2012

    So Ragley does Zais oppose or support the bill. Your public words are fine, but things around the State House indicate a different stand by the General. Which is it?

  3. Sarah Palin Forever!March 09, 2012

    A good old anti Union rant

    Typically Republican in tone


    You have left the Republican Party


    Seriously do you think anyone buys that garbage

    You're just pissed at some individual Republicans

    But cut the bs

    And repeat after me



    That was easy

    Now don't you feel better!


    Hey, doesn't Scott English want the bill, thus Zais wants the bill. Jay, English is your boss, man, does he know you are out here undercutting him?


    Sarah Palin Forever, you are an idiot.

  6. Ragley didn't get the memo. He is marching to his on drum. Look out.

  7. Sarah Palin Forever!March 11, 2012

    I always enjoy being called an idiot by one of McCartys fellow Republicans!

    What is it with you guys?

    Be proud of your party!

  8. Jay Ragley is Scott English's prison bitch.

  9. I am a bus driver for the state and I honestly HOPE they privatize the system so we CAN unionize, because thats exactly whats going to happen. :) honestly, I really dont care if they do or not.....the county I work for pays me a decent wage and I have benefits....but if they want to privatize and try to pay us minimum wage, I will be all for unionizing!