OBAMA URGES LOCKHEED MARTIN TO STALL LAYOFF NOTICES AND WILL HAVE TAXPAYERS PAY FOR LEGAL FINES, IF INCURRED…
Obama is cutting military spending so drastically that with Lockheed Martin alone, approximately 100,000 people will potentially lose their jobs (story follows my post). The projected $500 Billion in Pentagon cuts under a sequestration will happen because Congress can’t agree on a deficit-reduction plan. Federal law dictates that all employers (with more than 100 employees) must provide a 60-day notice of mass layoffs, if they are reasonably foreseeable,or face high fines. Lockheed Martin is still pondering on whether to send out the layoff notices. Obama is urging defense contractors to pay no attention to the WARN Act, and that he will make sure that legal fees will be paid by us, the taxpayers.
Notices are required under the “Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act”, and requires that employer to send out advance layoff notices, but now that this is an election year, Obama will do whatever it takes to hide what’s going on in order to secure another four years in the White House. He certainly gives new meaning to the “man behind the curtain”. You and I know that the media will not broadcast this because it puts Obama in yet another bad light. How can Congress stand by and let this happen? Obama is putting taxpayer money on the line again and the fallout will be catastrophic, not just from a financial standpoint, but from a defense standpoint as well. We can do something about it! We can vote this narcissistic moron out next month…
Why should Taxpayers have to pay legal fees just because President Obama wants to be re-elected and has not done his job leading?
by Greta Van Susteren
Sep 29 2012 – 10:51 PM ET
The article below is scandalous. The job of the President is to lead and get things done. I don’t want to hear “it is too hard and /or it is someone else’s fault” — I want to hear “the job is done. I have led and I have completed the job.” Presidents have always had opposition (it is called politics) so whining about political opposition AND GIVING AWAY TAXPAYER MONEY FOR LEGAL FEES because the job is not completed is unacceptable.
The Obama Administration pledges OUR TAX DOLLARS to pay legal bills for the President’s unresolved business! That is anything but leadership! Why should we taxpayers have to pay the legal bills for the President not leading and getting the sequestration issue handled?
Before he starts making us taxpayers pay legal bills, President Obama should call the House and the Senate back to work and get the job done. They all should stop campaigning and start working.
What do you think?
Read the red text below….
The Obama administration has doubled down on its plea to defense contractors not to warn employees about possible layoffs due to looming budget cuts — going so far as to offer to cover legal fees in compensation challenges.
The move drew a stern rebuke Friday from South Dakota Republican Sen. John Thune, since federal law requires employers to give notice if mass layoffs are likely.
“For the second time, the Obama administration has now encouraged government contractors to ignore the WARN Act and hold off on warning employees about possible layoffs due to the looming sequestration cuts,” Thune, lead author of the Sequestration Transparency Act, said Friday.
The offer to pay the legal fees was included in a memorandum issued by the administration Friday that also restated the Labor Department’s position from July that contractors should not issue written notices to employees because of the “uncertainty” over the across-the-board cuts to the defense budget and other federal spending that will occur Jan. 2 unless Congress reaches a new deal.
The notices are required under the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act and generally require employers with more than 100 employees to provide 60-day notices of “mass layoffs if they are reasonably foreseeable.”
The projected $500 billion in Pentagon cuts under the so-called sequestration will occur because Congress failed to agree on a deficit-reduction plan this summer.
The guidance issued by the Labor Department this summer stated “it is neither necessary nor appropriate” for federal contractors to issue the warnings.
The memorandum states the federal government would cover employee compensation under the WARN Act – “irrespective of the outcome” as long as the contractor follows the Labor Department guidelines.
Still, defense contractor Lockheed Martin — which might have to lay off employees should the cuts kick in — is still considering whether to send out the notices, according to The Hill newspaper.
Rep. John Kline, chairman of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, suggested last week that the Labor Department is trying to conceal the full impact of the cuts.
“The Labor Department is trying to hide the consequences of sequestration from workers,” Kline, R-Minn., said in a letter to Labor Secretary Hilda Solis.
The letter was the second in two months by Republican committee leaders in which they asked for an update and more detailed information about the obligations federal contractors have in giving the advanced notice.
On Friday, Republican Sens. John McCain, Ariz.; Lindsey Graham, S.C.; and Kelly Ayotte, N.H., issued a similar statement, saying in part, “The president should insist that companies act in accordance with the clearly stated law and move forward with the layoff notices.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.