Organized Labor Getting Its Way

By January 29, 2009Labor Unions, Regulations

Not only is organized labor getting its way, it’s leaking on the President. Bad form, fellows.

From AP:

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama plans to overturn four Bush-era executive orders that organized labor opposed.

A labor official tells The Associated Press that Obama will reverse one order that allowed unionized companies to post signs informing workers that they were allowed to decertify the union. Critics said the order was unfair because nonunion businesses were not required to post signs letting workers know they were legally allowed to vote for a union.

The official says the other three orders address similar administrative rules for labor groups. The official disclosed the plans on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to pre-empt the White House’s plans.

Our emphasis. And anonymous pre-empting is so much more diplomatic.

Back in November we anticipated this action. In a post, “Executive Orders, Where to Look and Note the Labor Angle” we noted the four labor-related executive orders President Bush made early in his Administration, February 21, 2001:

 

Feb. 21 Executive Order on Preservation of Open Competition and Government Neutrality Towards Government Contractors’ Labor Relations on Federal and Federally Funded Construction Projects
Feb. 21 Executive Order on Notification of Employee Rights Concerning Payment of Union Dues or Fees
Feb. 21 Executive Order: Revocation of Executive Order on Nondisplacement of Qualified Workers under Certain Contracts
Feb. 21 Executive Order and Presidential Memorandum Concerning Labor-Management Partnerships

Our observation at the time: “We’d guess organized labor has already demanded the revocation of the February 21, 2001, orders.”

Demanded and gotten, evidently.

UPDATE (5:46 p.m.): The links to the Executive Orders are defunct. Try these, courtesy archive.org:

Statement by the Press Secretary Regarding Executive Orders 
 Executive Order on Notification of Employee Rights Concerning Payment of Union Dues or Fees 
 Executive Order: Revocation of Executive Order on Nondisplacement of Qualified Workers under Certain Contracts 
 Executive Order and Presidential Memorandum Concerning Labor-Management Partnerships 
 Executive Order on Preservation of Open Competition and Government Neutrality Towards Government Contractors' Labor Relations on Federal and Federally Funded Construction Projects 

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