Mike Elk reminds us that Congress is not the only thing stopping the White House from advancing the cause of labor rights. They could be using an executive order to enforce rules on contractors, as as already been proposed for disclosing political donations.
By updating the standards, databases, rules and guidelines for enforcing contracting rules about what corporations get the law, Obama could stop a wide range of anti-worker practices, from workplace safety rules to sexual harassment to unionbusting.
If President Obama signs this executive order forcing disclosure of corporations’ political donations, the progressive movement should then hound him to sign a similar high-road contracting rule.With a stroke of his pen, he coud go a long way toward curtailing rampant unionbusting and workplace safety violations.
Given the renewed attention to labor rights as a result of Wisconsin and the rest, Democrats who want to be seen as pro-labor need to actually do things that are pro-labor. Not being a Republican is not enough. And unlike with legislation, there is no one to blame for this failure to act other than Obama himself. It’s also worth noting that more union rights would mean better wages and a stronger economy for everyone (including Obama, who’s reelection chances are largely a product of the state of the economy).