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Labor Dept. says no need for warning on layoffs 4 days before election

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dmcowen674

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http://news.yahoo.com/labor-dept-says-no-warning-layoffs-212433667--finance.html


Labor Dept. says no need for warning on layoffs



The Labor Department said Monday that federal contractors do not have to warn their employees about potential layoffs from across-the-board budget cuts that could begin on Jan. 2.

In a guidance letter, the agency said it would be "inappropriate" for employers to send such warnings because it is still speculative if and where the $110 billion in automatic cuts might occur. About half the cuts would be in defense.

The letter comes days after a Pentagon official said Defense Department contractors could be sending their workers layoff notices four days before the Nov. 6 presidential election.

That prospect has unnerved the White House because it would affect thousands of defense workers in presidential battleground states such as Florida, North Carolina and Virginia.

Under the federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act, employers of companies with 100 workers or more are required to provide notice 60 days in advance of a plant closing or mass layoffs.



The military will face a reduction of $492 billion over a decade, with a $55 billion cut beginning in January, unless Obama and congressional Republicans and Democrats can agree on a plan to avert the cuts. Domestic programs also would be reduced by $492 billion over 10 years.


The automatic cuts are slated to take effect because of the failure last year of a bipartisan congressional panel to come up with a plan to cut the deficit by $1.2 trillion over 10 years.


The GOP chairman of House Armed Services Committee claimed the new guidance was politically motivated.


"People will still get laid off because of the president's irresponsibility, but they won't have the notice to protect themselves and their families," California Rep. Buck McKeon said.
 

nehalem256

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What?

Republicans should be thrilled with the cuts.

It's what they have been screaming for.
Republicans live in some kind of dream land where you can cut the budget, but no one gets hurt.

Similar to the poll of people on Obamacare where they support all the goodies, but oppose all the taxes and mandates.
 

Hayabusa Rider

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That prospect has unnerved the White House because it would affect thousands of defense workers in presidential battleground states such as Florida, North Carolina and Virginia.
This is news! The Labor Department wants to keep this quiet to protect the Republicans! No wait, they want to protect Obama because Obama wants to be known as the job creator. If bad things happen he ought to be protected from them. I understand now.

When was it ever the business of an official department to protect a politician? Oh, yeah, they really work for the parties, not the citizen.
 

PokerGuy

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So, the labor department is trying to shield the dear leader from the political consequences of his actions. Sounds pretty much like the usual politics to me.
 

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At least they did not state that employers could not notify the employees.

most major defense employers will alert their people and have already started evaluating what projects might be hit.

Plan for the worst.
 

spacejamz

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Republicans live in some kind of dream land where you can cut the budget, but no one gets hurt.

Similar to the poll of people on Obamacare where they support all the goodies, but oppose all the taxes and mandates.
Not sure how you cannot see that there will be hurt...And there will be plenty of it...

The more we put this off and kick the can down the road, the more hurt there will be.
 
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Oh yeah this is totally Obama's fault. Not that bipartisian congressional panel that couldnt come to terms. Maybe we should be pissed at them instead and vote them out. No..that would be too easy.
 

Jaskalas

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Oh yeah this is totally Obama's fault. Not that bipartisian congressional panel that couldnt come to terms. Maybe we should be pissed at them instead and vote them out. No..that would be too easy.
Bush often got the blame for the actions of Congress. The President is a punching bag for the media and political circus.
 
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Bush often got the blame for the actions of Congress. The President is a punching bag for the media and political circus.
I know, but dont you guys get tired of it? I'd hope by now us smart ones here on this board would see through this by now and point the blame where its due.

Instead of focusing on the president who really doesnt weild all the power, we should focus on the house/senete/congress and start pointing blame wheres it is deserved.

"Divided we Stand, United we Fall" oops i think i got that backwards..hmm maybe not.
 
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