Sanford ad attacks Colbert Busch for union support; union says Sanford making false claims

gsmith@islandpacket.comApril 23, 2013 

A new ad released by 1st Congressional District candidate Mark Sanford Tuesday claims Democratic opponent Elizabeth Colbert Busch is "fighting for big labor" after accepting union donations.

"In Congress, she'll return the favor," says the ad's narrator.

Colbert Busch, who accepted $5,000 in donations from the Machinists Union and has been endorsed by the state chapter of the labor union AFL-CIO, has said she will make S.C. job creation a top priority if elected.

The Machinist Union is sticking up for Colbert Busch. The group released a statement Sunday that recent ads and comments to the press by Sanford "provided incorrect information about labor unions, specifically regarding the Boeing facility in North Charleston" and requested that Sanford pull the ads.

"Not once did (the union) request a 'shut down' of, or any jobs from, the North Charleston facility, which had nothing to do with its complaint. At no time were any South Carolina jobs at risk," said Erin McKee, president of the Charleston Central Labor Council.

According to media reports by multiple news outlets, the Machinists Union filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board in 2011, claiming Boeing's plans to build a plant in right-to-work South Carolina were in retaliation for labor activities at its Washington state plant.

The complaint was based on public comments made by a Boeing executive.

Ultimately, the high-profile complaint was dropped. The Washington plant continues to operate and a new North Charleston plan was built and is scheduled for expansion that both Sanford and Colbert Busch have applauded.

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