His Gifts To Big Business

George W. Bush's first 60 days in office have been a season of giving to his friends in industry. But unions, environmentalists and consumer groups have got mostly lumps

Labor Laws

Unions feel besieged. First Bush froze restrictions that prevented labor-law violators from obtaining federal contracts. Then he signed orders that could cut into union political funds and boost the number of nonunion contractors on federal construction projects.

Ergonomics

After 10 years of study (initiated by Elizabeth Dole), OSHA finalized workplace rules to combat repetitive-stress injuries. Annual cost to businesses? An estimated $4.5 billion. With Bush's support, congressional Republicans repealed the rules before Dems could blink. Big business may now lose $9.1 billion annually in workers' compensation and lost productivity. Some in Congress are asking OSHA to try again.

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