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After Obama guidance, Lockheed won't issue layoff notices this year
http://thehill.com ^ | 10/01/2012 | Jeremy Herb

Posted on 10/01/2012 8:49:32 PM PDT by massmike

Lockheed Martin and other defense contractors backed down from issuing layoff notices to employees on Monday after the Obama administration promised to pick up the tab for severance costs resulting from sequestration.

The news provided welcome relief for President Obama, who faced the prospect of mass layoff notices in battleground states just days before the election, and outraged Republicans, who accused the administration of bending the law to hide job losses from the public.

The White House issued guidance on Friday that said the government would cover the costs if contracts are canceled and layoffs occur due to the automatic

spending cuts set for 2013. But that offer would be null and void for any contractor that issues job-loss warnings before sequestration begins.

Sequestration has become a potent political issue in Virginia, a swing state both Obama and GOP nominee Mitt Romney are desperate to win. Thousands of defense-industry employees live in Virginia’s northern suburbs, and the cuts from sequestration could hit the state especially hard.

Romney has forcefully attacked Obama over sequestration during visits to Virginia, saying the president is standing idly by as the nation’s military force is hollowed out.

(Excerpt) Read more at thehill.com ...


TOPICS: Politics
KEYWORDS: defense; employment; layoff; lockheedmartin; sequestration; warn; warnact

1 posted on 10/01/2012 8:49:38 PM PDT by massmike
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To: massmike
is this legal ?

Where the hell in Bonehead ?

2 posted on 10/01/2012 8:51:28 PM PDT by ncalburt (Axelrod Psych OPS has gone to 24/7 non stop - "The election is over " status until Nov)
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To: massmike
the Obama administration promised to pick up the tab for severance costs


3 posted on 10/01/2012 8:53:18 PM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: massmike

I would think most of the workers would know their jobs are in jeopardy one way or another IF this baffoon is re-elected. Well, maybe the assembly line workers might be fed a line from their union, but surely management and other departments are wise to their chances under a second term with the one who would love to see defense cut to the bone.


4 posted on 10/01/2012 8:57:19 PM PDT by Qwackertoo (Romney/Ryan 2012 The Future of Our Children and Their Children are at stake.)
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To: massmike
... after the Obama administration promised to pick up the tab for severance costs resulting from sequestration...unbelievable - not only are they advocating breaking the law in order to help Obama'a reelection, but now the taxpayers - you and me - are going to be paying the bill for their malfeasance - and what's really unbelievable is there's not a word of protest from the Republicans - beyond unbelievable......
5 posted on 10/01/2012 8:57:29 PM PDT by Intolerant in NJ
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To: ncalburt
"Guidance"

is this legal ?

No. Not delivering the layoff warnings is a violation of the WARN act. The Obama administration is literally bribing contractors into breaking the law. Despicable. And shame on Lockheed!
6 posted on 10/01/2012 8:58:49 PM PDT by verum ago (Hey UN: Molon Labe applies to our dollars, too!)
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To: massmike

Lockheed. Another American icon down the drain for selling out to the Dictator.


7 posted on 10/01/2012 8:59:07 PM PDT by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America
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To: Intolerant in NJ

Boehner and McConnell both need to be replaced. Regardless of what happens with Romney, although I’m praying we win the Senate and the White House but those two gotta go.


8 posted on 10/01/2012 8:59:20 PM PDT by Qwackertoo (Romney/Ryan 2012 The Future of Our Children and Their Children are at stake.)
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To: massmike

People I know at Boeing say they have to give a 60 day notice of layoff. What’s Obamagabe doing?


9 posted on 10/01/2012 9:02:22 PM PDT by SkyDancer ("OF COURSE I TALK TO MYSELF - Sometimes I need an expert opinion")
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To: massmike
[. . .that offer would be null and void for any contractor that issues job-loss warnings before sequestration begins.]

This is crooked as a snake. Any contractor issuing the letters to employees would be following the law and therefore not subject to legal liability.

10 posted on 10/01/2012 9:02:27 PM PDT by Brad from Tennessee (A politician can't give you anything he hasn't first stolen from you.)
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To: Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America

He who eats my bread sings my song.


11 posted on 10/01/2012 9:02:54 PM PDT by null and void (Day 1350 of our ObamaVacation from reality - Obama, a queer and present danger)
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To: massmike

All these cuts will be across the board.
I really don’t want to lose my job because Congress can’t pass a damn budget!


12 posted on 10/01/2012 9:04:35 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: ncalburt

No!

As the Senator so clearly points out here:

>http://thehill.com/blogs/defcon-hill/industry/259517-graham-says-hell-block-reimbursements-in-layoff-notice-fight<

So, I’d be looking for a revised statement, even though the “guidance” indicates there won’t be any contract terminations until 2 Jan. 2013.


13 posted on 10/01/2012 9:05:57 PM PDT by G Larry (Which of Obama's policies do you think I'd support if he were white?)
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To: massmike
Obama is paying defense contractors to let people go and Romney can't capitalize on it?

Why, oh why did we nominate another born loser?

14 posted on 10/01/2012 9:06:01 PM PDT by hopespringseternal
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To: Intolerant in NJ

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) says that he will do anything he can to block the Obama administration from reimbursing defense contractors for severance costs if the firms don’t send layoff notices to employees.

“I will do everything in my power to make sure not one taxpayer dollar is spent reimbursing companies for failure to comply with WARN Act,” Graham told The Hill in a phone interview Monday. “That is so beyond the pale — I think it’s patently illegal.”
http://thehill.com/blogs/defcon-hill/industry/259517-graham-says-hell-block-reimbursements-in-layoff-notice-fight


15 posted on 10/01/2012 9:06:26 PM PDT by Irenic (The pencil sharpener and Elmer's glue is put away-- we've lost the red wheel barrow)
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To: Intolerant in NJ

Severance costs resulting from sequestration...well isn’t Obama admitting that there will be layoffs?


16 posted on 10/01/2012 9:07:04 PM PDT by Aria ( 2008 wasn't an election - it was a coup d'etat.)
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To: massmike

This. This is the reason I can’t vote for Obama more than anything else. Ours was once a nation of laws, not men. Now it is a nation of deals, thousands of them, all arbitrary, none of them more reliable or repeatable than the moment or whim of whomever is in power at the moment. This is the destruction of a republic in a nutshell.

The Romney campaign should sieze on this, present a Romney administration as a polar opposite and present it clearly: if you want an administration that exempts preferred companies from nationwide health insurance mandates, ignores contract law to fill the coffers of unions in bankruptcy proceedings, and muscles private industry into breaking the law with the assurance that they’ll look past the lawbrwaking, vote for the other guy. If you want the law to apply evenly to all Americans, all corporations, all industries, vote for me.


17 posted on 10/01/2012 9:09:25 PM PDT by jz638
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To: massmike

If I were elected, I’d have them arrested for conspiracy. Then see who talks and go from there.


18 posted on 10/01/2012 9:12:55 PM PDT by Vince Ferrer
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To: Irenic

I guess he’s not as worthless as he seems half the time....


19 posted on 10/01/2012 9:14:27 PM PDT by Intolerant in NJ
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To: massmike

Don’t kiss the cream-puff’s ass!


20 posted on 10/01/2012 9:16:38 PM PDT by Mortrey (Impeach President Soros)
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To: Intolerant in NJ

He does seem truly pizzed about this and he can be a little pita when his undies are in a bunch.


21 posted on 10/01/2012 9:18:24 PM PDT by Irenic (The pencil sharpener and Elmer's glue is put away-- we've lost the red wheel barrow)
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To: verum ago

If there was only a forum where Romney could confront Obama on this subject, like, I don’t know, a debate or something...


22 posted on 10/01/2012 9:21:17 PM PDT by guido911 (Islamic terrorists are members http://www.freerepublic.com/foof the "ROP", the "religion of pu*&ies")
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To: massmike

I hope the Lockheed Martin employees get a lawyer. Anyone laid off (if this goes thru) will have one hell of a lawsuit. Since the companies actions are willfully illegal, the suit can be punishment and far more than the actual damages.


23 posted on 10/01/2012 9:22:53 PM PDT by Tenacious 1 (The Click-&-Paste Media exists & works in Utopia, riding unicorns & sniffing pixy dust.)
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To: Brad from Tennessee
This is crooked as a snake. Any contractor issuing the letters to employees would be following the law and therefore not subject to legal liability.

If Obama loses how will the contractors collect? An employee laid off without proper notification could probably sue.

24 posted on 10/01/2012 9:25:05 PM PDT by Mike Darancette (Take two Aspirin and call me in November - Obama for Hindmost.)
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To: massmike
Lockheed Martin and other defense contractors backed down from issuing layoff notices to employees on Monday after the Obama administration promised to pick up the tab for severance costs resulting from sequestration.

The news provided welcome relief for President Obama, who faced the prospect of mass layoff notices in battleground states just days before the election, and outraged Republicans, who accused the administration of bending the law to hide job losses from the public.

Obama is certainly generous with OPM (Other People's Money)!

It is a crying shame that he will NEVER be prosecuted for his illegal, criminal acts.

25 posted on 10/01/2012 9:52:30 PM PDT by DustyMoment (Congress - another name for white collar criminals!!)
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To: Irenic
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) says that he will do anything he can to block the Obama administration from reimbursing defense contractors for severance costs if the firms don’t send layoff notices to employees.

So what? Graham is a notorious RINO and, even IF he succeeds (doubtful at best) zero will circumvent the Congress by issuing another Executive Order.

26 posted on 10/01/2012 9:57:04 PM PDT by DustyMoment (Congress - another name for white collar criminals!!)
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To: massmike

This is a clear violation of the WARN Act.


27 posted on 10/01/2012 10:02:03 PM PDT by diverteach (If I find liberals in heaven after my death.....I WILL BE PISSED!!!)
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To: Mike Darancette
[If Obama loses how will the contractors collect? An employee laid off without proper notification could probably sue.]

Unions would probably file the suits which may be part of this whole scam. The labor department guarantees all costs so if sequestration and layoffs happen the unions, on behalf of members, can collect damages from the Labor Dept. (taxpayers).

28 posted on 10/01/2012 10:12:45 PM PDT by Brad from Tennessee (A politician can't give you anything he hasn't first stolen from you.)
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To: Mortrey

Lockheed is a fool. Obie won’t be around long enough to cover for them


29 posted on 10/01/2012 10:17:12 PM PDT by chiller (First check the poll's Dem/Rep/Ind sampling numbers, then re-think.)
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To: DustyMoment

Bonner(sic) Won’t back him up.


30 posted on 10/01/2012 10:37:42 PM PDT by Revel
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