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By Brahma Chellaney
Beijing's creeping aggression signals a challenge to U.S. presence in the Asian Pacific
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Jaime Contreras
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce claims that a National Labor Relations Board proposal to modernize and streamline union elections would tilt the playing field in favor of organized labor ("NLRB proposes fast-tracking union votes," Web, June 21). The truth is the NLRB proposal is a modest, long-overdue step to restore fairness to the system.
A lucrative school security contract awarded to a troubled company and its questionable subcontractor is being extended on a monthly basis by the mayor's office in spite of a D.C. law and a promise by Mayor Vincent C. Gray that all contracts in excess of $1 million would go to the D.C. Council for review.
Local-government officials in Virginia said yesterday that they are not discouraged by the federal court decision that overturned a Hazleton, Pa., law that attempted to crack down on illegal aliens.
"He should keep his promise to end an era of contracting scandals by following a law that requires the council to review all contracts worth $1 million or more," Mr. Contreras said.
"The mayor's not doing his job to protect District workers, schools and taxpayers from bad contractors," said Jaime Contreras, regional director of the Service Employees International Union Local 32BJ, which represents school security officers, school employees and school bus drivers.