Obama Delivers Relief to Workers

By Ben Cohen

Reversing Bush policies may not be enough to create a more equal society, but it is a start, and Obama looks like he is serious about addressing the needs of working class America. The Huff Post reports that Obama has signed a series of executive orders that will empower unions:

Union officials say the new orders by Obama will undo Bush

administration policies that favored employers over workers. The orders

will:

_Require federal contractors to offer jobs to current workers when contracts change.

_Reverse a Bush administration order requiring federal contractors

to post notice that workers can limit financial support of unions

serving as their exclusive bargaining representatives.

_Prevent federal contractors from being reimbursed for expenses

meant to influence workers deciding whether to form a union and engage

in collective bargaining.

We’ll see exactly how far Obama will go in terms of redistributing wealth, but right now, any move in that direction is welcome.

Ben Cohen is the editor and founder of The Daily Banter. He lives in Washington DC where he does podcasts, teaches Martial Arts, and tries to be a good father. He would be extremely disturbed if you took him too seriously.