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How Obama Protects the Teamsters

The president and Jimmy Hoffa help each other more than workers


Wednesday, September 7, 2011

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While he rails against “special interests,” Obama has zero to say about the executive orders he signed in the first days of his presidency to give unions a leg up. Executive Order 13502, for example, essentially forces contractors who bid on large-scale public construction projects worth $25 million or more to surrender to union representation for its employees. This codification of so-called project labor agreements significantly raises the cost of highway- and school-construction projects (by as much as 15 percent among California public schools, according to a new study by the National University System Institute for Policy Research).