Labor Department Waives 60-Day Layoff...

Labor Department Waives 60-Day Layoff Notice to Help Obama Win in November

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“Queen of my domain”

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#1 Sep 28, 2012
I just heard this on the news...


Written by Joe Wolverton, II

Labor Department Waives 60-Day Layoff Notice to Help Obama Win in November

On Thursday, Democrats in the Senate blocked an attempt by Republicans to enforce a provision of a 1980s law requiring all contractors doing business with the federal government to send out notices of potential layoffs four days before the presidential election in November.

By a vote of 17-13 the Senate Appropriations Committee voted against an amendment offered by Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) that would have overridden a policy directive issued earlier this week by the Labor Department informing federal contractors that they may ignore the law and not send out preemptive pink slips to their employees.

The law in question is called the WARN (Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notice) Act and per the applicable provision of that statute, employers must “provide notice 60 days in advance of covered plant closings and covered mass layoffs. This notice must be provided to either affected workers or their representatives (e.g., a labor union); to the State dislocated worker unit; and to the appropriate unit of local government."

Regardless of the worker protections provided by the WARN Act, the Department of Labor has issued guidelines instructing Pentagon contractors not to give the required notice to its employees that they might need to look for a new job. The Labor Department's guidelines are intended to stop Pentagon contractors from warning employees about possible layoffs that may come about because of "sequestering."

The Republicans and Democrats had agreed to a deal wherein automatic cuts would take place if the two sides could not agree how to reduce deficits.

The Department of Labor memo admits that although it is "currently known that sequestration may occur, it is also known that efforts are being made to avoid sequestration." Specifically, the directive says that the "WARN Act notice to employees of Federal contractors, including in the defense industry, is not required 60 days in advance of January 2, 2013, and would be inappropriate, given the lack of certainty about how the budget cuts will be implemented and the possibility that the sequester will be avoided before January."

Ironically, the Labor Department does not consider turning defense workers into pawns in presidential politics “inappropriate.”

Of course, Republicans are pretty good at tossing around the political football, as well. As reported by the Associated Press:

Graham and two other Republican senators — McCain and Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire — spent two days this week in the battleground states of Florida, North Carolina, Virginia and New Hampshire, warning voters of job losses from the automatic cuts.

Regardless of the pandering and the politics, the bottom line is that the sticky situation threatening Obama’s chances to hold on to the White House was caused primarily because Democrats on Capitol Hill have failed to pass a budget for over three years and thus they face sequestration at the end of the year. As soon as this mandate is triggered, President Obama and his colleagues in Congress will be forced to cut spending in several areas, including the Defense Department.

An article published in the Washington Times spotlighted the partisan nature of the problem:

Republicans on Tuesday accused the White House of trying to “intimidate” defense companies into keeping silent about major job losses if automatic military spending cuts take effect early next year, after the administration said Monday that it would be “inappropriate” for employers to warn workers of layoffs.

Defense industry officials were caught in the middle, trying to weigh the requirements of a federal law that says they must give employees 60 days’ notice before major layoffs ...

More: http://www.thenewamerican.com/usnews/congress...

Cleavon Little

Since: Sep 12

Hilliard, OH

#2 Sep 28, 2012
It's only going to get worse in the next 40 days. And the sheeple who get all their news from the MSM will never hear a thing.

“Queen of my domain”

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#3 Sep 28, 2012
If this gets posted twice, my apologies. Browser hung up, couldn't tell whether it got posted.

“Queen of my domain”

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#4 Sep 28, 2012
Cleavon Little wrote:
It's only going to get worse in the next 40 days. And the sheeple who get all their news from the MSM will never hear a thing.
No kidding. Unfortunately, I know all too well what a political football this has become./Sigh. And the negative is while Hatch Act is out there, it's broken right and left right now, particularly by those on the left.

Cleavon Little

Since: Sep 12

Hilliard, OH

#5 Sep 28, 2012
gokeefe wrote:
If this gets posted twice, my apologies. Browser hung up, couldn't tell whether it got posted.
Watch yourself, Kevin the Topix tool is playing God tonight.
Tim

Medina, OH

#6 Sep 28, 2012
Sadly the sequester is the only plan presented that will actually cut the deficit quickly. Defense is easier to destroy than Medicaid.

“Queen of my domain”

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#8 Sep 28, 2012
Tim wrote:
Sadly the sequester is the only plan presented that will actually cut the deficit quickly. Defense is easier to destroy than Medicaid.
Not really. It's cheaper for the government to furlough than it is really to cut the staff expenditures. You won't likely see significant staffing decreases immediately within the Dod within the civilian ranks. Contractors may be different, but many of them are pre-funded so that isn't going to be an immediate hit. Been around long enough to understand how that works. DoD has been preparing for this for quite a while.

Additionally, while this article is primarily focused on the DoD, the cuts for sequestration will affect ALL government departments pretty heavily. Hopefully, no more separate Air Force One trips for Michelle's vacations and the Obamas get to lose the $100K a year mutt walker.

And they thought Nancy Reagan was outrageous with her china purchases!
Tim

Akron, OH

#9 Sep 28, 2012
gokeefe wrote:
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Not really. It's cheaper for the government to furlough than it is really to cut the staff expenditures. You won't likely see significant staffing decreases immediately within the Dod within the civilian ranks. Contractors may be different, but many of them are pre-funded so that isn't going to be an immediate hit. Been around long enough to understand how that works. DoD has been preparing for this for quite a while.
Additionally, while this article is primarily focused on the DoD, the cuts for sequestration will affect ALL government departments pretty heavily. Hopefully, no more separate Air Force One trips for Michelle's vacations and the Obamas get to lose the $100K a year mutt walker.
And they thought Nancy Reagan was outrageous with her china purchases!
You do realize that Republicans are held to double standards and conservatives to quadruple standars by the media?

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#10 Sep 28, 2012
Tim wrote:
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You do realize that Republicans are held to double standards and conservatives to quadruple standars by the media?
The media adores Obama, I've become convinced of this with the issue of sequestration. I have some inside knowledge of it, and have kept mum on the issue here because I had little to have in the way to back up my statements using public references until I saw this.

Of course, working for a large defense contractor, we get information on lobbying efforts. So I'm likely not an unbiased observer.

However, we can thank a perfect storm for this situation: lame duck congress, an egomanical president, and media that will do anything to avoid covering the hard, dirty, and difficult issues fairly and openly.

Cleavon Little

Since: Sep 12

Hilliard, OH

#11 Sep 28, 2012
gokeefe wrote:
<quoted text>
No kidding. Unfortunately, I know all too well what a political football this has become./Sigh. And the negative is while Hatch Act is out there, it's broken right and left right now, particularly by those on the left.
Yep, right up to Cabinet members.

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius violated Hatch Act, OSC concludes
http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0912/811...
Tim

Akron, OH

#12 Sep 28, 2012
gokeefe wrote:
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The media adores Obama, I've become convinced of this with the issue of sequestration. I have some inside knowledge of it, and have kept mum on the issue here because I had little to have in the way to back up my statements using public references until I saw this.
Of course, working for a large defense contractor, we get information on lobbying efforts. So I'm likely not an unbiased observer.
However, we can thank a perfect storm for this situation: lame duck congress, an egomanical president, and media that will do anything to avoid covering the hard, dirty, and difficult issues fairly and openly.
McCain and Graham have said they will get rid of the tax cuts to stop the sequester.

The rest of the party will follow because Romney is going to lose worse than McCain.

“Queen of my domain”

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#13 Sep 28, 2012
Tim wrote:
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McCain and Graham have said they will get rid of the tax cuts to stop the sequester.
The rest of the party will follow because Romney is going to lose worse than McCain.
I've read that somewhere.

We'll see what happens. Obama is also having his feet put to the fire over Chris Stevens and a few other things right now, so I'm no so sure it's a landslide for him yet.

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