Skip to comments.Federal contractors vow to fight Obama executive order
Posted on 08/03/2014 3:24:00 PM PDT by PoloSec
Business interests are vowing to fight President Obamas executive order imposing new restrictions on companies who want to do business with the federal government.
Obama announced the action this week, ordering up new regulations that would require firms seeking federal contracts to disclose labor law violations and create new compliance advisors at agencies to oversee decisions about which firms get the work.
But contractors, already facing executive orders requiring them to pay a higher minimum wage and subjecting them to additional anti-discrimination rules, say the president went too far.
We are concerned these sweeping changes threaten the due process rights of federal contractors and conflict with existing federal procurement and labor law, said Geoff Burr, vice president of government for Associated Builders and Contractors. ABC and the federal contracting community across all industries are prepared to fight this order in the courts and in Congress.
John Meyers, a labor and employment lawyer at the firm Barnes & Thornburg, said federal funding cuts, including those linked to sequestration, have been particularly painful for contractors.
The new requirements represent additional costs for companies vying for contracts from Uncle Sam, he said.
Companies are really going to have to spend money to make sure theyre in compliance, because theyre fighting over fewer federal dollars and fewer contracts, Meyer said.
Obamas order requires companies seeking federal contracts to disclose labor law violations over the previous three years. That includes statutes covering pay, safety, health and collective bargaining, as well as past civil rights violations.
Each agency will designate a senior official as a Labor Compliance Advisor to guide decisions on whether contractors past actions rise to the level of a lack of integrity or business ethics.
If you want to do business with the United States of America, you got to respect our workers, you got to respect our taxpayers, Obama said Thursday before signing the order. The goal here is to make sure this action raises standards across the economy.
Worker rights advocates and unions heralded the order, which applies to roughly 24,000 businesses with federal contracts, employing about 28 million workers, according to Labor Department figures
A 2010 Government Accountability Office report concluded that the most egregious reported violations regarding pay, health and safety between fiscal 2005 and fiscal 2009 took place at firms that went on to receive new government contracts.
The current system doesnt do enough to ensure taxpayer dollars only go to responsible employers, said Mary Kay Henry, President of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU).
Its difficult to know about a companys record of compliance with the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act and others laws that protect working families, she said.
Sue the SOB!
So Obama is lawless? That’s RACIST!!
imposing new restrictions? minority owned or manditory affirmative action programs to increase minority hiring on color only.
Shocking! Well, sleep with dogs, wake up with fleas.
I do not do business with Fed. Never have and don’t see how I could afford to.
Their requirements are more onerous than public werx for city, county anx state.
Further, dummer IT people I don’t think I’ve ever seen and I dont feel like edge-umuh-catin em.
Just effin morons and they all think they are smarter than me and my guys.
I’ve interviewed a few of these conciously incompetent weasels as well. No, ho, ho free ken way would I hire them.
Dumbasses and like to work at “their leisurely” pace.
Go back to werkin fer the givernment. None of yoj know what yer doin and I’m not listening to your mind numbing, pedantic, pablum.
As mentioned in related threads concerning intrastate labor, please consider the following.
With the exception of the federal entities indicated in the Constitution's Clauses 16 & 17 of Section 8 of Article I as examples, entities under the exclusive legislative control of Congress, the states have never delegated to the feds, expressly via the Constitution, the specific power to regulate intrastate labor issues. The states uniquely have the 10th Amendment-protected power to regulate intrastate labor imo.
So any federal laws that regulate intrastate labor are constitutionally indefensible imo.
I’m a firm believer in “NO BID” when I see something that gets in the way of making the job unprofitable, or piles on so much BS it’s just not worth it to pursue.
Some people believe they have to take the bad with the good. I don’t.
Serves them right... lay it on them Zero....
Is that legal?
Somewhere between 5th Amendment protections against self-incrimination and blackmail, this order to “ disclose labor law violations “ is UNCONSTITUTIONAL!!!
> I do not do business with Fed. Never have and dont see how I could afford to.
Add to that they pay you when THEY decide to pay you and act like it’s a privilege to work for THEM. Lot of big heads with little brains in that group.
Add in fun times with DCMA and DCAA for good measure.
Don’t tell me contractors are going to be the first secular group of Americans to say, “No sale”, to Obama?
“No” to complying and cooperating with a tyrant?
I thought it would be Texas, or the military, or insurance companies, or parents, but heck no.
Good for them.
And people wonder why the feds have to pay 15,000 for a toilet seat. The toilet seat company has to hire 100 affirmative action transvestite and pay for their sex changes befor they can sell it.