Official Time: Officially Outrageous

Would you be upset if you learned that your local tax dollars were funding a rival sports team in another state? Of course, but that, thankfully, is far-fetched proposition. (Unfortunately, your local tax dollars may well be subsidizing a professional sports team in your state.)

But what if you learned your federal tax dollars were being spent funding an organization you don’t belong to, and which may have a political agenda you vehemently disagree with? You’d be steamed, of course. Unfortunately, unlike with the sports analogy, this is exactly what is happening with so-called “official time.”

“Official time” refers to the process by which a union worker conducts union business while on the job. When it comes to government employees, that means you and I are paying for union members to do union business when they are supposed to be doing our business.