anti union rant from PAC chair of Association of Builders and Contractors
To: ABC Board, Council & Committee Leaders
From: Art Odom, ABC PAC Chairman
ABC is under attack and we are only 3 weeks into the new administration. The Obama administration just issued 3 pro-union Executive Orders and we anticipate more.
A Quote from President Obama’s Press Conference: “I also believe that we have to reverse many of the policies towards organized labor that we've seen these last eight years, policies with which I've sharply disagreed. I do not view the labor movement as part of the problem, to me it's part of the solution. (Applause.) We need to level the playing field for workers and the unions that represent their interests, because we know that you cannot have a strong middle class without a strong labor movement. We know that strong, vibrant, growing unions can exist side by side with strong, vibrant and growing businesses. This isn't a either/or proposition between the interests of workers and the interests of shareholders. That's the old argument. The new argument is that the American economy is not and has never been a zero-sum game. When workers are prospering, they buy products that make businesses prosper. We can be competitive and lean and mean and still create a situation where workers are thriving in this country. So I'm going to be signing three executive orders designed to ensure that federal contracts serve taxpayers efficiently and effectively. One of these orders is going to prevent taxpayer dollars from going to reimburse federal contractors who spend money trying to influence the formation of unions. We will also require that federal contractors inform their employees of their rights under the National Labor Relations Act. Federal labor laws encourage collective bargaining, and employees should know their rights to avoid disruption of federal contracts.”
The next attack will come in the way of an Executive Order allowing projects with Federal money to use Project Labor Agreements, so that only union contractors can work on the projects. The House and the new Senate promise to pass the damaging Employee Free Choice Act in the spring and Obama will sign it.
We need your help now: 1) We need to rebuild our base of congressional delegates in Washington that support free enterprise, 2) We need to elect a strong congressional delegation in Raleigh and Columbia (50% of your PAC contribution stays in the Carolinas) and 3) Win back the White House in 2012.