Contractors hit by labor rights requirement
A procurement rule has taken effect forcing contractors to notify their employees of their labor rights
- By Matthew Weigelt
- Jun 22, 2010
Companies that receive contracts from here on out must now post information about labor rights for their employees, as a new rule takes effect.
The Labor Department required agencies to add a contract clause about posting the notices in their contract solicitations beginning June 21.
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The notice must inform employees of their right to organize and join a union and bargain collectively, as well as their right not to join or associate with a union. Furthermore, the notice explains that contractors may not retaliate or discriminate against people who choose to support a union. Similarly, the notice says that unions may not threaten or discriminate against contractor employees who choose not to associate with a union or who criticize it, according to the Venable law firm’s summary.
This new rule is based on President Obama’s Executive Order 13496, which he issued on Jan. 30, 2009.
In the order, Obama wrote that he wants “to promote economy and efficiency in government procurement” by telling employees of their rights.
“When the federal government contracts for goods or services, it has a proprietary interest in ensuring that those contracts will be performed by contractors whose work will not be interrupted by labor unrest," he wrote. "The attainment of industrial peace is most easily achieved and workers’ productivity is enhanced when workers are well informed of their rights under federal labor laws."
Matthew Weigelt is a freelance journalist who writes about acquisition and procurement.