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GAO: Union Official Time Costs Underreported

In October, the Office of Personnel Management released the long-awaited report that estimates the cost and amount of time federal employees spend on union activities while paid as if they were on duty performing government work. OPM’s report found federal employees spent 3.4 million hours at a cost of $156 million in fiscal year 2012.

Federal Workers Got $155M in Tax Dollars to Work for Labor Unions

By Alissa Tabirian, CSNnews.com

Federal employees were paid more than $155 million of taxpayer dollars in 2011 for spending more than 3.4 million hours of “official time” on labor union activities that fell outside their assigned government duties, according to a survey by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM).

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Time To Make Federal Employees Accountable

Government labor unions have long been able to conduct union business while on the job and on the taxpayer dime, under a little-known policy called “official time.” On July 17, Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) introduced legislation that would greatly reduce this tax give-away to unions.

“Official Time” for Union Officials Under Fire in Congress

By Ralph Smith, FedSmith.com

“Official time” refers to a practice under which the federal government pays the salaries of federal employees who work as union representatives. In other words, the government pays a person to work on behalf of the union while still receiving salary as a federal employee.