Don Todd previously headed up the Department of Labor’s Office of Labor Management Standards (OLMS) under President George W. Bush. Now he’s charging that, instead of keeping unions honest, the Department of Labor is working hand-in-hand with organized labor:
“In a worst-case scenario, your union organizer comes to you, offers you a deal to unionize, you say, ‘no,’ and, the next thing you know, OSHA’s [Occupational Safety and Health Administration] at your door,” Todd said in a phone interview. “Then, Wage and Hour show up, and they want to publicize it. They always find something wrong – it’s like with bed-checks in boot camp in the army.”
Todd said some companies will fight the DOL’s intimidation tactics, but many will give in to unionizing forces.
“It makes it the path of least resistance,” Todd said.
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The core problem is that the ideologues at DOL see their role as solidarity with, not enforcement of, organized labor.