Obama Order Allows Unions to Drive Up Cost of Gov’t Contracts February 8, 2009 | Filed Under Barack Obama, Budget, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Government, Corruption, Liberals, Media Bias, News, President, Publius Contributor, Socialism, Society/Culture, Taxes, Unions, Warner Todd Huston | -By Warner Todd Huston The newest in his series Executive Orders that are little else but sops to unions was uncorked in Washington on Friday, February 6. This one ordered the use of union labor for large-scale federal construction projects, eliminating 84 percent of the American contractors that are not unionized. Not only would this bill force unions on government projects, but the resulting rise in the costs of those projects would be incredible. This executive order — a re-establishment of a Clinton era order — will force federal projects to accept labor agreements and the resulting higher wages, benefits and collective-bargaining that comes with that. Naturally, the unions love this order. But the exorbitant costs that will be forced upon federal projects will be a bitter pill to taxpayers. It is also really an anti-worker policy as opposed to one that encourages American jobs. As president Kirk Pickerel of the Associated Builders and Contractors trade group reveals, “84 percent of U.S. construction workers do not belong to labor unions.” Looks like Obama has once again created a policy that only benefits a tiny number of America’s work force to the detriment of most of America’s construction workers.