Unions Have a Powerful Friend

Congress receives plenty of attention — and rightfully so as its decisions carry far-reaching impacts. But many in the business world are more concerned about what is taking place in regulatory agencies in Washington — and rightfully so.

One can only draw that conclusion when Labor Secretary Hilda Solis is reported as saying her agency seeks to enact as many as 90 rules and regulation intended to "give more power to workers and unions." Included in that lengthy list is greater disclosure on how employers deal with unions.

Advice from consultants to employers is currently not required to be reported. The Labor Department, however, has said this exception should be narrowed and an official is quoted as saying, "Our goal is that through greater openness and transparency, we increase compliance without having to send an investigator into the workplace."

So the government wants businesses to report consulting advice under the guise of "transparency," not an attempt to increase the withering number of private sector union workplaces? It might be a new year, but sounds like the same old story out of Washington.