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Friday, August 14, 2009

As Predicted: Obama's Labor Department Goes to Bat for Labor Officals

The guys running organized labor must be pretty satisfied with Californian Hilda Solis, named by Barack Obama to run the Labor Department.

Under her predecessor, Elaine Chao, the Department adopted a long list of reforms aimed at increasing transparency in how unions operate and giving union members the tools and information needed to make good decisions concerning who runs their union.

These reforms were vehemently opposed by the guys running today's national unions -- people with little interest in, say, increasing the disclosure of financial information to members, rigorously enforcing rules against conflicts of interest, etc.

By properly funding the Office of Labor Management Standards (OLMS), the Bush Labor Department increased audits from 238 to 791, indicted 1,004 union officials leading to 929 convictions of those guilty of defrauding union members. Over $93 million was recovered.

Labor Secretary Hilda Solis is taking the Department in an entirely different direction.

Read the full article:
The Anti-Chao: Hilda Solis Goes to Bat for Big Labor

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