President Barack Obama has signed a series of executive orders designed to “level the political playing field” for unions. From MSNBC:
In another move favorable to organized labor, the president signed three executive orders that union officials say will undo Bush administration policies that favored employers over workers. The orders Obama signed will:
Require federal contractors to offer jobs to current workers when contracts change.
Reverse a Bush order requiring federal contractors to post notice that workers can limit financial support of unions serving as their exclusive bargaining representatives.
Prevent federal contractors from being reimbursed for expenses meant to influence workers deciding whether to form a union and engage in collective bargaining.
President Obama has welcomed organized labor back to the White House, but will he support card check legislation that labor wants so badly? The battle lines are forming, and that is certainly worth a look in another post, as both sides are begining to wage war over the airwaves.