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President Obama Signs Three Executive Orders as the First Step in Implementing a Pro-Union Labor Policy

February 06, 2009

By Robert P. Kristoff, Kenneth W. Gage and Jon A. Geier

On Friday, January 30, 2009, President Obama signed three Executive Orders signaling an official reversal of the governments policy towards union organizing. In signing the three Executive Orders, the President reaffirmed one of the central themes of his election campaign, advancing the cause of organized labor.

Specifically, these Executive Orders direct that: (1) federal contractors post a notice advising employees of their rights to organize under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA); (2) federal service contractors offer employment to a predecessor service contractors employees before hiring a new workforce; and (3) costs related to activities that are intended to persuade employees regarding the exercise of their rights to organize or bargaining collectively are not reimbursable under federal contracts.

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Kenneth W Gage
Partner, Employment Law Department
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Robert P Kristoff
Senior Counsel, Employment Law Department