Because the administration's desperate to avoid these notices going out to employees before the election, it is "now openly bribing defense contractors not to issue layoff notices to workers."
That's right: the Obama administration is attempting to get these companies to break the law to ensure as few employees as possible find out about the cuts that will cost them their jobs.
The Labor Department issued guidance in July saying it would be “inappropriate” for contractors to issue notices of potential layoffs tied to sequestration cuts. But a few contractors, most notably Lockheed Martin, said they still were considering whether to issue the notices — which would be sent out just days before the November election.
...Here is the problem for defense contractors: If they don’t file those layoff notices as required by the WARN Act, they are going to get sued by a lot of workers when the workers get fired immediately once the defense cuts go into effect. The lawsuits alone could bankrupt defense contractors whether the defense contractors win their cases or not. So the OMB is trying to sweeten the pot by telling them “Hey, we’ll (actually the taxpayers) pay your legal costs when you get sued. Don’t worry, we got your back (wink-wink) so long as we don’t send out those layoff notices.”
This is a brazen attempt to trap defense contractors into committing suicide for the purpose of getting Obama re-electe... never mind a quarter million workers losing their job suddenly in a day without any notice. The easiest way for defense contractors to avoid any liability is to comply with the WARN Act, simply following the law.
Oh, you're going to get laid off. If it wins reelection, the Obama administration will have nothing to stop it from completely shredding the U.S. military. We can see its priorities in action through its recent decision to fund the Muslim Brotherhood over, say, the U.S. Marines.
Make sure you forward this article to anyone you know who works for a defense contractor. This administration needs to go.