President Clinton's most staunch support during the 1992 presidential campaign came from organized labor. It is a debt that he began to repay immediately upon assuming office by appointing union favorite Robert Reich as secretary of labor. It is a debt he, through his administration, continues to repay by: proposing to lift the hiring ban on air traffic controllers fired in 1981 for illegal strike activity, rescinding executive orders prohibiting union-only labor agreements on federally-funded construction and requiring federal contractors to inform workers of their rights under the Beck decision, postponing implementation of the new LM-2 and LM-3 union finance reporting forms that would force an accurate accounting of how union money is spent, suspending the rules permitting the use of helpers on government building projects, backing congressional legislation that would ban the hiring of permanent striker replacements and appointing a union-biased commission to rewrite American labor law.
The realization of all these endeavors could dramatically effect labor management relations in this country. In "Permanent Striker Replacements Should Not Be Banned," former National Labor Relations Board general counsel John Irving presents a focused argument detailing how a lifting of the replacement workers ban will destroy the existing balance in union-management relations and precipitate strike activity.