Friday, January 30, 2009

Obama Swiftly Becoming the Chamber of Commerce's Public Enemy No. 1

Posted By on Fri, Jan 30, 2009 at 2:00 PM

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This won't come as good news to Chamber of Commerce types, but President Barack Obama is quickly providing payback for the support of organized labor.

Today he issued an executive order that precludes federal contractors from being reimbursed for hiring union-busting consulting firms. That's right: Under an executive order from President Bush, you actually picked up the tab to have your neighbor's union drive crushed.

For years Bush encouraged the rather insidious practice of crushing union drives through spying and coercion. When we last talked to Doug Collier, president of Service Employees Local 205 in Nashville, he lamented how these consultants followed workers home, threatened them with job loss if they organized, and fired leaders of the drives. Think of them as a company's personal KGB, only without the Russian accents.

But for the first time since Kennedy, a labor state Democrat sits in the Oval Office. At least on the workplace front, change is indeed coming.

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