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...
August 23, 2017investigation by the Office of the Special Counsel (OSC) unearthed that United States Postal Service (USPS) employees and union engaged in a “systematic violation”...
July 27, 2017
Yesterday the Senate Homeland Security and...
June 29, 2017unless “all veterans seeking hospital care or medical services from the...
June 21, 2017
As a matter of policy, the government should not expend public resources to act as...
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...
April 25, 2017
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.
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....
April 19, 2017guidance 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.”
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...