JUNE 2001



Big Labor is steaming mad at the Bush Administration.

On Jan. 24,2001 GovExec.com reported that a memo was sent the heads and acting heads of executive agencies stating: "no decision relating to hiring shall be made unless and until such decision is reviewed and approved by a department of agency head appointed by the President after noon on Jan. 20, 2001."

On Feb. 17, 2001, the Miami Herald reported on four executive orders Bush would be signing.  One would require government contractors to post notices reminding workers they have the right to withhold dues money for anything except purely labor-related activities, such as union bargaining, meaning they could refuse to contribute to union political activities.

Another prohibited Project Labor Agreements, which guarantee union labor of federal work in exchange for a promise not to strike.  This action was praised by the Associated Builders & Contractors, Inc. in a press release on Feb. 19.  "The executive order also shows great fiscal responsibility on part of the Bush administration. . . . Government-mandated PLAs consistently drive up the cost of construction projects.  Open government spends taxpayer dollars wisely."

The third would eliminate protections in federal contracts for service workers.

The fourth abolishes the National Partnership Council, created in the Clinton Administration to help federal managers and employee unions work together. 

Reuters reported on March 31, 2001 that the Bush administration ordered suspension of  rules that would have denied many government contracts to companies that have been accused of violating workplace safety, environmental and other laws.  The Wall Street Journal, in reporting on this suspension on April 2, 2001 indicated that comments will be accepted during a nine-month review, after which the rules, which took effect the day before Clinton left office, will be rescinded.

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The January 11, 1999 issue of Liberty Matters advises of a new Executive Order.

Some are saying that President Clinton’s latest Executive Order is one of his most egregious abuses of power to date, even compared to that for which he has been impeached. EO 13107, the Implementation of Human Rights Treaties, was signed by the president on December 10, 1998. Dubbed the "Mother of all Executive Orders," it lays the foundation to implement the objectives of 81 other Human Rights Treaties never ratified by the U.S. Senate, makes the UN doctrine the ultimate legal standard which all U.S. policy and legislation must meet and creates a powerful new federal oversight agency empowered to monitor state and federal laws to ensure their compliance with these unratified treaties. "Human Rights" as defined in Article 29 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that freedom of thought, conscience, religion, opinion and expression are authorized, but "…may in no case be exercised contrary to the purposes and principles of the United Nations." Emperor Clinton strikes again.

For the full text of this order, see http://www.pub.whitehouse.gov/uri-res/I2R?urn:pdi://oma.eop.gov.us/1998/12/11/4.text.2

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