Obama Administration now openly bribing defense contractors not to issue layoff notices to workers
Just when you thought the Obama Administration couldn’t get any lower….
The Labor Department issued guidance in July saying it would be “inappropriate” for contractors to issue notices of potential layoffs tied to sequestration cuts. But a few contractors, most notably Lockheed Martin, said they still were considering whether to issue the notices — which would be sent out just days before the November election.
But the Friday guidance from the Office of Management and Budget raised the stakes in the dispute, telling contractors that they would be compensated for legal costs if layoffs occur due to contract cancellations under sequestration — but only if the contractors follow the Labor guidance.
Wow. Here is the problem for defense contractors: If they don’t file those layoff notices as required by the WARN Act, they are going to get SUED by a lot of workers when the workers get fired immediately once the defense cuts go into effect. The lawsuits alone could bankrupt defense contractors whether the defense contractors win their cases or not. So the OMB is trying to sweeten the pot by telling them “Hey, we’ll (actually the taxpayers) pay your legal costs when you get sued. Don’t worry, we got your back (wink-wink) so long as we don’t send out those layoff notices.”
This is a brazen attempt to trap defense contractors into committing suicide for the purpose of getting Obama re-elected. The Obama Administration is not wanting to deal with Republicans by re-negotiating the sequestration so they are trying to keep it intact the defense cuts and trying to avoid the political consequences of it as well. I gotta admit, Obama will DO ANYTHING to get re-elected, never mind a quarter million workers losing their job suddenly in a day without any notice. The easiest way for defense contractors to avoid any liability is to comply with the WARN Act, simply following the law.