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.

Senators Introduce Bill to Limit Use of “Official Time” in Federal Workforce

Office of Senator Tom Coburn

Today, U.S. Senators Tom Coburn, M.D. (R-OK), Lamar Alexander (R-TN), John Barrasso (R-WY), Richard Burr (R-NC), John Cornyn (R-TX), Mike Enzi (R-WY), James Inhofe (R-OK), Johnny Isakson (R-GA), Mike Lee (R-UT), Rob Portman (R-OH), Jim Risch (R-ID), Marco Rubio (R-FL), John Thune (R-SD) and David Vitter (R-LA) introduced the Federal Employee Accountability Act, a bill that would reduce “official time” for government employees.

IRS Paying Over 200 Employees to Work Full-Time For Labor Union

By Eliana Johnson, National Review Online

The Internal Revenue Service pays over 200 full-time employees not to conduct audits or process tax returns but to work for a federal employees’ union, according to documents released by the agency in response to a Freedom of Information Act request by the advocacy group Americans for Limited Government.

Coburn: Hundreds of IRS employees work full-time on labor union business

By David Sherfinski, The Washington Times

The Internal Revenue Service spends millions of dollars a year for 200 employees who actually work full-time on labor-union business even as it furloughs employees and cuts taxpayer advice services under the budget sequester, Congress‘ chief waste watcher said in a new letter to the tax agency.