Skip to comments.Administration Tells Defense Contractors to Flout the Law
Posted on 10/10/2012 11:57:06 AM PDT by John Semmens
The Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notice (WARN) Act is intended to alert workers of firms holding government contracts if their jobs might be in danger due to government budget actions. Right now, unless Congress takes preventative measures a significant reduction in defense outlays will occur on January 1, 2013. According to statute, firms must notify workers 60 days in advance of that date.
The Obama Administrations Department of Labor (DOL), contrary to this law, has instructed contractors not to comply with this legal requirement. Though failure to comply would expose these firms to potential tort damages, the DOL has assured these contractors that the federal government will cover their losses.
Labor Secretary Hilda Solis defended her Departments incitement to commit an illegal act as the lesser of evils. Governing often presents one with hard choices. The question is whether we have the courage to do the right thing even if it is against the law.
Solis characterized the WARN requirements as a technical formality, and argued that a more realistic approach should take precedence. Look, these firms sending out potential layoff notices on November 2 could have irreversible consequences for the Presidents reelection chances, Solis said. Workers receiving these notices could be stampeded into voting for the Presidents opponent. Why should the Administration stand by and let this happen?
The Secretary emphasized that compliance with the DOLs illegal directive is voluntary. Were not ordering these firms to break the law. Were just letting them know its okay with the President if they do. The only real risk for them is if the President isnt reelected. A Romney Administration might not be as forgiving.
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This time, the first two paragraphs are exactly true.
I want to see criminal charges against these people after the election
As far as Obama is concerned,”LAWS”are meant to be BROKEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Yeah John, another good one.
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