$157,196,468 Spent on Union Salaries in FY 2012

By Ralph Smith, FedSmith.com

“Official time” is the term of art used in the federal government’s labor relations program to describe the time spent by union representatives working on behalf of the union but still being paid their regular employee salary and benefits.

Loophole lets teacher union bosses collect state pensions at taxpayer expense

By Kelly Riddell, The Washington Times

Thanks to a loophole created by the Illinois legislature, retired teacher union leaders are getting pension credit for the years they did union work after leaving the classroom. The arrangement has put taxpayers on the hook for millions of dollars in retirement benefits unrelated to teaching, and further drained an already overburdened state pension fund.