OUTRAGE: Taxpayers Unwittingly Hand Over $137 Million to Unions

Oct 2, 2012

U.S. taxpayers are footing the $137 million bill for federal employees to perform union work while on the clock at their government jobs, according to Professor Mallory Factor in the Wall Street Journal.

The practice, known as “official time” is enshrined in the Civil Service Reform Act (CSRA), according to the Workforce Freedom Initiative (WFI), and lets government officials do work for unions while being paid by the taxpayer. A report by The Office of Personnel Management found that federal employees spent over three million hours on official time in 2010, primarily on “general labor-management,” a broad catchall for union activity other than contract negotiations or dispute resolution, which are the activities most directly related to employee representation.

The worst offender of “official time” is the National Labor Relations Board, the federal agency that oversees labor-management relations in the private sector, notes WFI.

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