Skip to comments.Labor unions awarded millions from federal agencies
Posted on 10/01/2015 10:06:26 AM PDT by jazusamo
Under President Obama, federal agencies are doling out tens of millions of dollars to one of the Democratic Partys most essential constituencies: big labor.
The grants range from safety training to union membership recruitment to whipping up support for the presidents signature program called Obamacare, a Washington Times review of federal contracting records shows.
Last week, for example, the Department of Energy awarded a $900,000-plus grant for the development of a safety regimen for workers facing hazardous duties in energy and waste jobs. It didnt go to a safety firm or training school but rather to a labor union: Akron International Chemical Workers Union. And the local Democratic congressman in Ohio got to score some political points with his blue-collar constituents by announcing it.
Its clearly an insight into how this president and his administration have used taxpayer funds to accomplish political purposes, said Rick Manning, president of Americans for Limited Government. Congress needs to look at this, and dig out these grants specifically given to unions and eliminate them.
(Corrected paragraph:) In President George W. Bushs tenure, the federal government awarded about $29 million in grants to two of the largest groups representing big labor, the AFL-CIO and SEIU. In contrast, Mr. Obama has thus far awarded at least $53 million to these two groups 83 percent more than Mr. Bushs entire tenure.
Im utterly unsurprised federal grant-making to unions has increased under Obama. This administration has a way of rewarding their friends and harming their enemies, said Doug Holtz-Eakin, former director of the Congressional Budget Office and now president of the American Action Forum, a center-right policy institute.
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They get millions, spend a few thou achieving “compliance” and then pocket the rest. This is true of most govt grants.