Stephen Cabot Decries Presidential Executive Order and Power of One

New York, NY (PressExposure) August 26, 2009 -- From: Jeffrey Sussman, Inc. Marketing Public Relations 249 East 48 Street New York, NY 10017

For: Cabot Institute

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President Obama recently signed Executive Order 13496, which includes the following language: “The attainment of industrial peace is most easily achieved and workers’ productivity is enhanced when workers are well informed of their rights under the Federal labor laws, including the National Labor Relations Act.” Though that sentence sounds relatively benign, Stephen Cabot, one of North America’s foremost labor relations strategists and experts, believes that the Order will prove injurious to corporations.

Mr. Cabot stated: “Management and workers have long known that high levels of productivity are the result of good relations and of all parties working together to achieve positive goals. That, however, is not the underlying message of Executive Order 13496. The Order, which is aimed at those who do business with the government, guarantees that workers will know about all of their options when it comes to strikes, walkouts, and slow downs. The government has said that the order will provide labor peace. If that sounds unbelievable, it is. The government has handed organized labor another weapon to use against Corporate America.

“How will informing workers of union tactics for securing their demands increase productivity?” asked Mr. Cabot. “If it does anything, it will put Corporate America at a disadvantage when hiring workers for federal jobs. Not only will contractors have to abide with the Order, but so will their sub-contractors. Each will have to post all the information for their workers; and if it is not posted, delinquent contractors and sub-contractors will be barred from doing business with the government and be liable for various sanctions.”

Actions taken against companies will be at the discretion of the Secretary of Labor, who is responsible for the enforcement of the Order. While the Secretary may exempt certain companies, the Secretary can also cancel contracts and prohibit future contracts with the government.

“The Secretary is invested with the sole power of enforcement and the Secretary was chosen because of pro-union proclivities. The Order obviously was designed to advance union interests to the detriment of those choosing to do business with the government,” stated Mr. Cabot.

Stephen Cabot is Chairman of The Cabot Institute for Labor Relations ( He is the author of numerous best-selling books, including Everybody Wins!, Up From Confrontation, and Stephen Cabot’s Complete Guide to Labor Relations. He has been a consultant to numerous Fortune 1000 companies.

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