Obama signs order to protect contract workers

As part of the creation of the Middle Class Working Families Task Force, President Barack Obama signed three executive orders designed to protect contractor employees and the position of unions.

One executive order will guarantee that qualified employees will keep their jobs even if a contract changes hands. “We shouldn’t deprive the government of these workers who have so much experience in making government work,” he said, during a White House ceremony.

Another order will block reimbursement of federal contractors who spend money trying to influence the the formation of unions.

Federal contractors also will be required to inform employees of their collective bargaining and other rights under the National Labor Relations Act.

Before the November elections, Obama sent letters to government union leadership pledging to support collective bargaining rights.

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Reader Comments

Mon, May 20, 2013 Joe Virginia

In January 2009, the President signed an order ensuring qualified employees would not lose their jobs when contractors changed. As of March 2012 - 4 years later that law is not being implemented. Why and how many other signings are left hanging in the balanxe

Thu, Dec 30, 2010 MACK virginia

I am a goverment contract worker and YES we need protection. The new contractors ofter pay less for he same position or will require a degree for the job you have been doing for many years successfully to make employees uneligible for employment. NO ONE except our new president i looking out for the employee. My job takes care of my family, me and 2 children. I am a home owner who pays taxes and contributes to my community. I'm tired of feeling scared of loosing my job every 5 years even when serving my country well. THANK YOU for helping protect me.

Thu, Mar 5, 2009 Sick of Lazy Complainers Maryland

TO Michigan Republican Pigs There are two types of individuals; consumers and producers. Your beliefs imprison you and anybody that believes that there is a free lunch. I believe that Kennedy said Ask not what your country can do for you but what you can do for your country. You must be a consumer because if you were a producer you would have already been paying dearly into a system of taxes, employment plans, charitable deductions. Take some time, read some history, learn some economics get off your lazy posterior and stop whining. I started with nothing and made something of myself. Obama and Congress is spending 36 Billion per day and in the very near future there won't be anything less.

Fri, Feb 13, 2009 Scott McLean

Chalk up the first order to "Politics". It's worthless and new contractors routinely hire on established employees of the outgoing contractor. This order will probably just make it more expensive and time consuming to ramp up a new contract and cost taxpayers more money. The other two are a bit frightening with considering Obama's heavy slant toward Unions. The Federal Employees Union and the onerous lifetime entitlements of Federal employees is half the reason that the Fed has gone to the outsourcing model...reduction of long term obligations. Instead of sending contractors down the same Labor road as the government, Obams should just hire more Federal employees and outsource less. GET OUT OF THE PRIVATE SECTOR PRESIDENT BARRY!

Wed, Feb 11, 2009 Republican pigs Michigan

Clueless is a word you use when your trying to degrade someone. This is my president not a Mulitnational President. I Voted for an American President First. 8 more Years of the last 8 would Create millions of Jobs if you speak Chinese or some Latin American language. Come on give me a Break tax cuts for the Rich to ship our jobs over seas has created this Depression. yes it is a Depression for 8 years send as much as I can and leave this mess of Double national debt. 8 years double the national Debt. War on borrowed money from Communist Countries. Thing of that for one minute. World Order is a joke and its a forming of a two class system. That is what you get and don't tell me my home was in a bubble. How about giving workers money for there sweat.

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