In the fall of 2011 the National Legal and Policy Center (NLPC) submitted Freedom of Information requests to the Department of Labor and the Internal Revenue Service following an announcement that the administration was investigating homebuilders in an attempt to bolster union membership at the expense of housing sector jobs.
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Today we filed Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests with the Labor Department, its Wage and Hour Division, and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). We ask for all third-party communications related to this week’s signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the two agencies and eleven state governments.
The MOU is the basis for a crackdown on employers who allegedly misclassify employees as independent contractors, but the action appears calculated to assist the Laborers International Union of North America (LIUNA) in a campaign directed at the nation’s homebuilders.
According to NLPC Chairman Ken Boehm, “At a time when the Obama administration has a number of initiatives to help the housing industry to rebound from the recession, along comes this political favor to LIUNA. As we have documented for many years, LIUNA is one of the nation’s most corrupt unions.”
We ask for communications with outside individuals and groups that …