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  • Subsidy Forces Florida Taxpayers to Pay for Union Work

    August 31, 2017

    Most hardworking Americans would be shocked to learn that public employees at all levels of government—federal, state, and local—conduct union business that is totally unrelated to their civic duties, on the taxpayers’ dime.

    The cost of this wasteful practice, known as union release time, is largest at the federal level. In 2014, the latest data available, release time cost, at minimum, $162.5 million with federal employees spending over 3 million hours performing union business.

    But that does not mean the money and time wasted at the state and local level is trivial. In a report released today by the James...

  • Congress Expands Investigation into Inappropriate Federal Employee Political Activity

    August 23, 2017

    Over the summer, an investigation by the Office of the Special Counsel (OSC) unearthed that United States Postal Service (USPS) employees and union engaged in a “systematic violation”...
  • Senate Committee Advances Union Subsidy Transparency Bill

    July 27, 2017

    The first step in solving a problem is recognizing there is one. And in the case of federal employees performing union business on the taxpayer dime, knowing how big the problem is.

    Yesterday the Senate Homeland Security and...

  • New Bill Requires VA Employees to Serve Veterans Instead of Union

    June 29, 2017

    Today, Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) introduced legislation to ensure federal employees working at the Department of Veterans Affairs serve veterans instead of performing union business, unless “all veterans seeking hospital care or medical services from the...
  • Can Federal-Employee Unions Continue Automatic Dues Deductions from Retirees?

    June 21, 2017

    One would imagine that when an employee, public or private, retires, that their union stops automatically deducting dues. This is pretty straightforward: retirees do not draw a salary from the employer in which the dues are deducted.

    As a matter of policy, the government should not expend public resources to act as...

  • Janus v. AFSCME Could End Forced Union Dues in Public-Sector

    June 6, 2017

    Today, the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation and the Liberty Justice Center asked the United States Supreme Court to hear a case that could end forced union dues payments in the public sector as a condition of employment. The plaintiffs argue that government employee unions’ collection of dues from non-members amounts to forced political speech and a violation of their First Amendment rights.

    The National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation explains how the case got to this point:

    The request for the U.S. Supreme Court to hear this case follows a March ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit, which upheld forced dues and fees based on the Supreme Court’s 1977 Abood v. Detroit Board of...

  • Senate Moves to Confirm Acosta as Labor Secretary

    April 25, 2017

    After months of struggling to confirm a Labor Secretary, President Trump can now see the light at the end of the tunnel. Yesterday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell filed for...
  • Labor and Employment in Trump's First 100 Days

    April 24, 2017

    April 29th will mark the end of the first 100 days of the Trump administration, and the President has placed a great deal of importance on achieving success in this honeymoon phase. Below is a quick recap of the good, the bad, and the ugly of what transpired during the first 100 days on labor and employment policy.

    Good

    At the end of March, President Trump signed a Congressional Review Act resolution of disapproval to repeal what is known as the Blacklisting rule. The rule, which derives from a 2014 Obama executive order, required contractors who bid on federal contracts over $500,000 to report alleged, as well as actual, labor violations over the last three years. These violations could have been used to block a company’s bid....

  • Stop Paying Federal Employees to Perform Union Business

    April 19, 2017

    Mick Mulvaney, director of the Office of Management and Budget, recently issued guidance that directs federal agencies to find ways to, in part, “reduce the size of the Federal Government’s workforce” and “Develop a plan to maximize employee performance.”

    A...

  • Time to End Official Time

    April 3, 2017

    The Official Time Reform Act of 2017 (H.R. 1364) would prohibit federal employees from conducting political activity on union official time. Union official time is taxpayer-funded subsidy to federal employee unions that pays for federal employees’ salary and benefits while they perform union business—including attending union conventions, lobbying Congress, and filing grievances, instead of the federal work they were hired to do.

    The bill calls for federal employees to lose service credit, which counts toward pension and bonuses, if they perform union business for 80 percent or more of the hours in a workday.

    According to the...

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