Tag: Heather Higgingbottom

Obama Awards Billions in Government Contracts to Labor Law Violators

Josh Eidelson, one of the best up and coming labor reporters around, writes at Salon: A 2010 report from the Government Accountability Office found that the federal government had awarded over $6 billion in contracts in fiscal 2009 to contractors that had been cited for violating federal labor laws, from wage and hour rules to organizing rights. Earlier in 2010, the New York Times reported that the White House was planning to implement a “high road” contracting policy that would direct more government contracts to companies with better labor and environmental records. But by 2011, Obama OMB nominee Heather Higginbottom told senators in a confirmation hearing that there were no such plans afoot. Imagine the outcry if the government was […]