January 30th, 2009
08:05 AM ET
9 years ago

Obama to issue pro-labor executive orders

WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Obama plans Friday to reverse an executive order allowing unionized companies to post signs alerting employees that they are allowed to leave unions.

Critics of the order said that while unionized shops were allowed to let workers know they could de-unionize, non-unionized shops were not required to post information telling employees they could unionize.

Two senior administration officials confirmed this and three other orders to be issued by the president.

Another order would require service contractors at federal buildings to offer jobs to qualified current employees when contracts change. A third would require federal vendors with more than $100,000 in contracts to post workers' rights under the National Labor Relations Act.

Another order would prevent federal contractors from being reimbursed for expenses that were intended to influence workers' decisions to form unions or engage in collective bargaining.

Obama also will also issue a presidential memorandum creating the Middle Class Task Force, to be led by Vice President Joe Biden, a panel of advisers and four Cabinet members. The Task Force will try to assess the status of the middle class - whether it is growing or shrinking and how well off it is.

- CNN's Suzanne Malveaux contributed to this report


Filed under: Joe Biden • President Obama
soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. Union = Terrorists

    And so things get even worse. Growing up, my family was terrorized by the unions because my father was part of management. I can't count the number of times that workers went on strike, and he went down to the plant to bring in a pipeline only to leave my mother at home perched on the edge of my bed where she had a line of sight down the stairs with a shotgun ready to shoot. I remember windows being broken out because of angry union members.

    And now, the Obamanation wants to encourage this domestic terrorism. Oh, what wonderful, wonderful change he brings forth – NOT!!!

    January 30, 2009 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  2. randy

    God he loves socialism, got to pay the unions that have ruined every company they are involved with. They voted for him and now he is in bed with these losers. Sad sad sad. We warned you america just wait more jobs will now go over seas and you will be out more jobs. It is Econ 101!!!!

    January 30, 2009 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  3. Mike, Syracuse NY

    Unions killed the US car industry. Sure, let's have more of them so all our jobs end up in China and India.

    January 30, 2009 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  4. Amanda Spencer

    "Obama also will also..."

    You may want to proofread your articles better. 😉

    January 30, 2009 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  5. Bob in Pa

    Arm in arm comrade !

    January 30, 2009 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  6. Business Owner In NY

    I guess Obama has to start paying back those who helped him and throw in a few favors. Obama's friends are no better than the ones President Bush had, when will we starting holding our elected officials to higher standards!

    Unions own a portion of the blame for the financial mess we are currently in and are nothing but the equivalence of legal organized crime. When will America wake up and realize that unions are no longer the answer they once were.

    January 30, 2009 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  7. wanted postor

    Lets make sure we go after the so-called "Right to Work States",which really means "The right to keep slave states",yes 21 states in the south that dont want their workers to have any rights.Seems nothing has changed in these states even after the civil war to free the working man.

    January 30, 2009 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  8. JJ12345

    Of course because what this country really needs it more unions and union influence and blackmail.

    January 30, 2009 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  9. Linda in MS

    Unions didn't kill the US car industry...gas-guzzling pieces of crap that no one wants to buy did that. Top management made those decisions, and were very well paid to do so.

    January 30, 2009 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  10. Stan

    so obama is supposed to restore our constitutonal rights and bring transparency back to government...but he has no problem with trampling on the free speech rights of employers in order to make sure that employees remain in the dark about their right to opt out of being extorted by unions?

    too bad obama doesn't mean anything he says when talks about believing in america and restoring the constitution.

    January 30, 2009 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |