So I’m going to be signing three executive orders designed to ensure that federal contracts serve taxpayers efficiently and effectively. One of these orders is going to prevent taxpayer dollars from going to reimburse federal contractors who spend money trying to influence the formation of unions. We will also require that federal contractors inform their employees of their rights under the National Labor Relations Act. Federal labor laws encourage collective bargaining, and employees should know their rights to avoid disruption of federal contracts.
And I’m issuing an order so that qualified employees will be able to keep their jobs even when a contract changes hands. We shouldn’t deprive the government of these workers who have so much experience in making government work.
Thus, NOT a reversal of the four executive orders from President Bush circa February 2001. No mention of Project Labor Agreements. And, as we read it, the reference to a measure to “prevent dollars from going to reimburse federal contractors who spend money trying to influence the formation of unions,” engages the issues that came up in “Chamber of Commerce of the United States v. Lockyer.” A California law sought to bar a employer who received state grants or funds from using that money to take a position in union organizing. The 9th Circuit upheld the law, but federal labor law supersede state law, and the Supreme Court reversed and remanded.
It would really help if the executive orders were online. News accounts like this piece from The New York Times are too skimpy, and obviously our speculation about substance turned out to be wrong.