Gov’t contracts to better workers’ lot

governmentThe Obama administration plans to use government buying power to prod private companies to improve benefits and wages for millions of workers.  School of Management economics Professor David Weil, an authority on labor-market policy, says there’s a long history of assuring that companies contracting with Uncle Sam adhere to workplace, environmental, and consumer protection laws.

“The Obama administration proposals are very much in line with that tradition — and appropriate, given the major role that the public sector is playing in this difficult economic time.”

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