Employer-Employee Relations

South Carolina is a right-to-work state and an employment-at-will state.  Employer-Employee Relations in South Carolina are very stable, and the state consistently ranks as one of the least unionized in the nation.  According to Unionstats.com, South Carolina’s 2015 unionization rate is one of the lowest in the country at 2.1% for all employees, and 3.5% for private manufacturing employees. South Carolina has one of the lowest work stoppage rates in the nation, averaging less than 0.01 percent working time lost due to strikes.

In 2015, the unionization rate for the Greenville MSA was only 0.9% (Private Sector). Additionally, Greenville MSA is the least unionized MSA in the United States, as stated in a past Arthur Anderson Study.  There have been no reported work stoppages reported in Greenville County in the past ten years.

Greenville is also home to several of the nation’s leading labor law firms.  A united community effort is made to minimize the need for unions.  This includes an emphasis on good management practices, employee participation, plus an emphasis on positive human relations programs.

Greenville County Employers with Union Representation

Company

Union

Description

The Greenville News *

ITU

Newspapers

House of Raeford / Columbia Farms *

IBT/UFCW

Processed poultry

Ryder Integrated Logistics

IBT

Motor freight transportation

Duke Power Company

IBEW

Electric/Gas

Pet Dairy – Distribution

IBT

Dairy products

PNG Propane

IBEW

Electric/Gas

Pomeroy (Tolt Solutions)

IBEW

Customer care center

PAE (Defense Support Group)

IAM

DOD supplier (office)

* Manufacturer. Source: Greenville Area Development Corporation, September 2016

Recent Union Elections in Upstate South Carolina, FY 2011-2016

Year

Community

Company

Union

Result

July 2014

Taylors

Tolt Solutions

Electrical workers Local 98

Result: Union Won 22-2

Nov 2013

Greenville

Romano's Macaroni Grill

National Workers Association (NWA)

Result: Union Lost 25-1

Sept 2013


Anderson

FedServ

International Union of Operating Engineers (AFL-CIO)

Result: Union Won 2-0    

April 2013

Spartanburg

Copper River Grill

National Workers Association (NWA)

Result: Union Lost 24-10

Feb 2012

Spartanburg

ALSCO

Teamsters, Local 509

Result: Union Won 7-0


Ten Year Summary of Unionized Workforce Activity

  •    Work Stoppages: None
  •    Strikes: None
  •    Walkouts: None