These federal contractors are required by law to give 60 days notice to their workers that they will be let go. That happens to fall on November 1, just before the 2012 election. So the White House is requesting that they postpone the layoff notices — breaking federal law — and promising to pick up the tab for any potential lawsuits, at taxpayer’s expense. In essence, Obama will spend taxpayer dollars so that employers can violate the law and help him get re-elected.
Defense contractor Lockheed Martin heeded a request from the White House today — one with political overtones — and announced it will not issue layoff notices to thousands of employees just days before the November presidential election.
Lockheed, one of the biggest employers in the key battleground state of Virginia, previously warned it would have to issue notices to employees, required by law, due to looming defense cuts set to begin to take effect after Jan. 2 because of the failure of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction — the so-called Super-committee, which was created to find a way to cut $1.5 trillion from the federal deficit over the next decade.
Such massive layoffs could have threatened Obama’s standing in the state he won in 2008 and is hoping to carry again this November.
But John McCain doesn’t want to let them get away with this.
Sen. John McCain vowed Tuesday to block any money intended to help defense contractors elude the provisions of a layoff notification law.