An employee works on a Passat sedan at the Volkswagen p... An employee works on a Passat sedan at the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tenn. (AP Photo/Erik Schelzig, file)
South Carolina's governor told 200 automotive executives at a conference in Greenville, S.C., Wednesday that union jobs are unwelcome in the state.

"We discourage any companies that have unions from wanting to come to South Carolina because we don't want to take the water," Gov. Nikki Haley said, according to The Detroit Free Press.

Haley promised the crowd she would work to actively keep union jobs out of the state.

"You've heard me say many times I wear heels. It's not for a fashion statement," she said. "It's because we're kicking them every day, and we'll continue to kick them."

Haley's remarks come days after the UAW's attempt to unionize workers at a Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tenn. fell short by 87 votes. Volkswagen maintained a neutral or positive stance on organizing efforts, having had good experiences with similar 'works councils' in European factories. Republican politicians in Tennessee argued vehemently against unionization. Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee was the most vocal opponent, saying he was told VW would soon announce plans to build a new SUV in Chattanooga if workers rejected the union, a claim Volkswagen denied.

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