FOIA Response Reveals Unions Assisting in Writing Pro-labor Obama Executive Order

October 20, 2011, Fairfax, VA—Americans for Limited Government (ALG) today released a response by the Office of Management and Budget to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request made by ALG in 2010 revealing the close involvement of unions in drafting Barack Obama’s executive order 13522. ALG President Bill Wilson commented:

“The level of corruption revealed in these documents, wherein union bosses are openly being thanked by White House employees for their role in developing pro-labor executive orders is contemptible, and warrants congressional investigations by the House and Senate. Hearings should be held to get to the bottom of this outrageous conduct. This is rule by special interests.

“The executive order, which created management-labor forums for federal government civil service workers, favored unions by telling managers to discuss all workplace decisions with unions to reach joint decisions, even if the subject was not an allowed bargaining item. Therefore the order vastly enhanced union influence over the operation of the federal government. Every function in the civil service became a bargaining chip for the unions, which has had the contrary effect of making government more inefficient and costly.”


“Unions: Creating A Place At the Table,” By Mark Wohschlegel, Americans for Limited Government at

FOIA Request to Office of Management and Budget, Americans for Limited Government, August 12, 2010 at 

FOIA Responsive Documents, Office of Management and Budget, September 30, 2011 at

Interview Availability: Please contact Rebekah Rast at (703) 383-0880 or at to arrange an interview with ALG President Bill Wilson.