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Taxpayers Spend Millions Providing Unions With Free Labor

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InsideSources discusses the practice of official time with Trey Kovacs.

Supporters argue that official time allows federal unions to properly fulfill their legal mandated duties. Federal officials are only allowed to use official time for certain activities like negotiating or filing grievances. The Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) contests the policy takes needed attention away from more critical tasks.

“American taxpayers are paying $162 million for federal workers to conduct labor union business,” CEI labor policy expert Trey Kovacs said in a statement provided to InsideSources. “Most taxpayers have no idea that their money is spent paying federal employees to perform union business unrelated to their public duties”

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“Instead of taking care of real priorities, like veterans’ services or environmental protection, federal employees on official time are off lobbying on behalf of their union, attending union conventions, or doing some other union-related business,” Kovacs said. “The Trump administration and Congress should waste no time in eliminating this subsidy for federal employee unions.”

Read the article at InsideSources.