Taxpayers Pay for Employees to Engage in Union Activities

Taxpayers Pay for Employees to Engage in Union Activities

February 21, 2013
Originally published in National Center for Policy Analysis

Around the country, labor unions are financed by taxpayers. The practice, known as "official time" at the federal level and "release time" at the state level, pays government employees to perform union activities unrelated to their government responsibilities. The result costs taxpayers substantial sums of money and needs to be reformed, says Trey Kovacs, a policy analyst at the Competitive Enterprise Institute.