Bloomberg reports that President Obama has signed an executive order regulating “working conditions for employees of federal contractors, some of whom have gone on strike over what they contend are unfair labor practices by companies doing business with the U.S. government.”
The order “requires companies to disclose labor-law violations from the past three years, and provides guidance to federal agencies on how to weigh the black marks when awarding contracts, according to a White House fact sheet.”
According to John Engler, President of the Business Roundtable, “a Washington-based group that includes chief executives of the largest U.S. companies,” the order may “encourage more lawsuits against businesses.”
Said Engler: “It’ll be dressed up – we’re protecting these rights or this rights – but when you strip it all away, more work for trial lawyers.”
Added Geoff Burr, Vice President of Government Affairs for the Associated Builders and Contractors, a “Washington-based group for construction companies,” the “subjective nature of the order opens the door to favoritism and abuse of government contractors by administration officials.”
Hmm. Let’s see… helping trial lawyers… opening the door to favoritism… over-regulation… imposing a Big Labor agenda…
Sounds about right for this administration.