Boeings 2009 decision to build their new 787 jet assembly plant in North Charleston created a wave of relief to Low Country residents. With the state suffering from an all time high rate of 11.9% in unemployment, Boeing had residents holding their heads up in anticipation of jobs and prosperity.
South Carolina’s unemployment rate as of February 2011 only dropped to 10.8%. Although Charleston’s unemployment rate is the lowest in the state, the improvement is attributed to Leisure, Hospitality, and Retail Trade instead of manufacturing. Clearly, Boeing’s move created savings and revenue for its stockholders but no major benefit to the citizens of the city.
Being a major power in business, Boeings tailspin from the north to the south should have greatly improved South Carolina’s economic structure. Further, if Boeing wasn’t going to give a major face lift to Charleston’s job market and unemployment rate, then why would such a powerful company make such a move? According to Jason Brooks, KIRO Money Editor, the answer is low unionization. South Carolina’s Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Otis Rawls told KIRO radio, “…the Legislature has worked closely with his organization in limiting the abilities of unions.” read more from this article here: South Carolina’s low unionization rate attracts Boeing.
Elite power is alive and well in the south. In the new millennium south, maintaining race and class segregation is the heartbeat of low unionization in South Carolina. Worse, if it were not for low unionization, Boeing would not have even considered South Carolina as an option.
Further proof of race and class inequality is apparent in how the state is ranked in education. In 2010, South Carolina ranked last in student performance! Talk about no child left behind, how about every child in the state behind the nation! The saddest part of that is, South Carolina ranked in the top 10 for education reform! So even after a greater education overhaul than most states, South Carolina students came in lower than every state.
Parent University in Charleston is working hard to collaborate with parents and educate them sufficiently to help pick up the slack. The new school year for kids, marks a new school year for Parent University. Please attend as many of these workshops as possible to help improve the education standards and secure a more prosperous economic future in Charleston. The 2011-2012 Parent Univeristy calendar is now available, please visit the website for more information CCSD Parent University.