By now we’ve all heard about Obama’s Executive Ordersaimed at pacifying labor until EFCA rolls into town. Now, any unfair labor practice charges leveled against a contractor – perhaps during a union organizing drive – could be used to bar the contractor from competing for taxpayer-funded federal work. According to National Right to Work, “Now that union operatives at DOL have the power to blacklist a company from federal contracting simply by lodging a few spurious (even unadjudicated) charges, it’s pretty clear union bosses are in for a massive payday when the “stimulus” bill passes.”
For many years, I have seen first hand how union-filed prevailing wage complaints against non-union contractors cost them locally and state funded work, even if the charge doesn’t have merit or is settled for pennies on the dollar. Unfortunately, the filling of such charges is a one-way street. Non-union contractors, for some reason, don’t file charges against union contractors. Assuming non-union contractors continue to not file charges – whether for prevailing wage violations or unfair labor practice charges for harassment on job sites – only non-union companies will be blacklisted from performing some of the $188 billion worth of federal work currently earmarked in the stimulus package.