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  • 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...

  • 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.


    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.”


  • 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...

  • Columnist Misrepresents Civil Service Reforms

    March 29, 2017

    In a recent column, The Washington Post’s Joe Davidson presents a gravely distorted view of Republican civil service reform efforts, which seek to save taxpayer money and attempt to clean up the mismanagement at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Davidson describes these legislative fixes as undercutting “worker due process rights” and “weaken labor organizations.”

    Provoking Davidson’s ire is the Official Time Accountability Act of 2017 (H.R. 1364), introduced by Rep. Jody Hice (R-Ga.), to prohibit federal employees from conducting political activity on union official time, the practice of paying federal employees to perform union business instead of federal work. In...

  • New Report: Federal Employee Union Subsidy Costs $162 million

    March 27, 2017

    Last Friday afternoon, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) released its biennial report, “Official Time Usage in the Federal Government—Fiscal Year 2014.”

    The survey uses a flimsy methodology to calculate how much time federal employees spend performing union business instead of serving the taxpayer. In FY 2014, federal employees spent 3,468,170 hours on official time, at a total cost of $162,522,763.18—a $5 million dollar increase from FY 2012. Unfortunately, union official time undoubtedly costs more than the report suggests.

    A 2014 Government Accountability Office...

  • Mr. Acosta Goes to Washington

    March 22, 2017

    Today, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions committee held a hearing on Alexander Acosta’s nomination to be Secretary of Labor. Mr. Acosta came off as smart, accomplished, and an...


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