President Obama brought labor leaders to the White House again today, following yesterday's signing of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. Today's occasion was the issuing of three executive orders sought by organized labor, as described by CQ Politics:
- One order requires government contractors to offer jobs to qualified employees when contracts change.
- Obama also undid a Bush executive order that required employers to post signs informing workers of their right to limit financial support of unions serving as their collective bargaining representatives.
- A third directive prohibits government contractors from being reimbursed for expenses incurred trying to influence workers on whether to form unions or engage in collective bargaining.
The orders are not online yet at WhiteHouse.gov, but we did get them through a legal colleague and posted them at Shopfloor:
- NOTIFICATION OF EMPLOYEE RIGHTS UNDER FEDERAL LABOR LAWS
- NONDISPLACEMENT OF QUALIFIED WORKERS UNDER SERVICE CONTRACTS
- ECONOMY IN GOVERNMENT CONTRACTING
UPDATE (6:20 a.m. Saturday): Judging by the metadata of one file, one of the regulations was written by the SEIU's legal counsel, or associate general counsel, Craig Becker -- although he may have gone to work for the Administration. (See this Shopfloor.org post.) Remember all those headlines from eight years ago along the lines of "White House lets business lobbyists write the law?"