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  • Protect Home Healthcare Providers: End Dues Skimming

    August 10, 2018

    Our friends at the State Policy Network have produced a compelling new video about the plight of men and women who have been forced to pay union dues as state healthcare workers when they’re simply caring for their own sick relatives and friends.

  • Employee Rights Act Strengthens Worker Choice

    July 31, 2018

    Public employees are no longer required to pay fees to a union as a condition of employment. This newfound freedom was secured by the United States Supreme Court decision this summer in Janus v. AFSCME. The court ruled that forcing public employees to fund union speech they disagree with violates their First Amendment rights.

  • Federal Employees Fight to Keep No-Show Jobs in Union Lawsuit

    July 27, 2018

    Federal employee unions and the Trump administration sparred in court over a set of executive orders that make changes to official time and grievance procedures on Wednesday. U.S. District Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson heard oral argument yesterday at the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. In conjunction with the oral argument, federal employee unions held protests across the country.

  • Guidance on How to Curtail Time Federal Employees Spend Performing Union Business

    July 6, 2018

    If the Trump administration wants to achieve its stated goal to use tax dollars as effectively as possible, ending the practice known as official time, which allows unionized government employees to perform union business while being paid by taxpayers, should be high on its to-do list.

  • Congressional Democrats Seek to Undermine Janus Decision

    July 5, 2018

    Despite union hysterics, the Supreme Court's Janus decision does not impede or prohibit public employees’ right to unionize or collectively bargain. Instead, government unions will simply have to compete for membership and funding like every other membership-based organization. But Democrats in Congress are seeking to undermine the decision via legislation.

  • Supreme Court: Compelled Support of Unions Ends Now

    June 27, 2018

    Public sector workers who haven’t affirmatively chosen to support labor unions should see a bump in their paychecks, thanks to the Supreme Court’s decision in Janus v. AFSCME. The decision holds that forcing public sector workers to financially support a union violates their First Amendment speech and associational rights. 

  • House Committee Examines Union Subsidy

    May 24, 2018

    Today the House Subcommittee on Government Operations held a hearing entitled “Union Time on the People’s Dime: A Closer Look at Official Time.” The purpose of the hearing was to review problems with the practice of official time, which grants federal employees paid time off to perform union business at the taxpayers’ expense. In addition, to discuss potential legislative reforms to official time.

  • Federal Employees Spend Over 3 Million Hours on Union Business

    May 17, 2018

    Federal employee unions enjoy a government subsidy known as “official time” that enables union members to perform union duties while being paid by the taxpayer. During the Obama administration, the costs of the subsidy were rarely reported. At the end of Obama’s presidency, the latest available official time data was from fiscal year 2014.

  • Option for States Dealing with Illegal Teacher Union Strikes

    April 6, 2018

    An uptick in teacher union strikes has occurred over past few months. Teachers have abandoned students in West Virginia, Kentucky, and Oklahoma with rumblings of a potential strike in Arizona. What is spurring this increase in union walk-outs? Governing magazine puts forth the idea that the labor laws in these Republican dominated states, which limit union collective bargaining privileges, may be a contributing factor.

  • Department of Education Limits Federal Employee Union Subsidy

    March 19, 2018

    Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos deserves a round of applause. Most federal agencies, even in Republican administrations, agree to collective bargaining agreements that heavily subsidize federal employee unions’ cost of representation. Instead, DeVos diverged from past practices and scored a win for taxpayers. 


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