Despite its promises of government transparency, the Obama Administration is perfectly happy to keep things opaque when it comes to the activities of organized labor.
No surprise, really. Those who help the Democratic party win elections must be rewarded by excepting them from sunshine laws of all types. Additionally, they must be rewarded with passage of laws like card-check, which will allow union ranks to expand, even as union transparency contracts.
All of this, of course, is part and parcel of the havoc the Obama Administration seeks to wreak when it comes to labor policy. I mentioned in my article that labor policy would be “the sleeper domestic issue” of the Obama Administration, and nothing that has happened has shaken my belief. By hook or by crook, the Administration is bound and determined to strengthen the power and discretion of labor unions, at the expense of genuine fairness in the workplace. These policies will make for a staunch and power ally for the Democratic party. But they will also make for terrible labor policy.
Not that the Administration cares. Those who believe it is genuinely interested in good government when it comes to issues like labor policy must live in a world with a purple sky.