On January 30, 2009, US President Barack Obama issued three executive orders favoring organized labor and departing from the pro-employer labor policies of the previous administration of President George W. Bush. Notification of employee rights under federal labor law requires employers working under government contracts to clearly notify employees of their rights under the National Labor Relations Act. The second order, Economy in government contracting, prohibits government contractors from assigning costs associated with dissuading employees from participating in collective bargaining agreements to the government contract. The third order, Nondisplacement of qualified workers under service contracts, requires government contractors who take over a service contract from an existing provider to retain qualified employees of the previous provider. The orders were issued in conjunction with the establishment of a Middle Class Task Force led by Vice President Joe Biden.
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