AFGE Tells VA Secretary Which VA Executives Managers to Fire: Huh?

By Bob Gilson,

Last week, the Washington Post reported that the Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) had, in essence, solicited a list of the executives and managers that the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), Local 17, (the union) thought should be fired. According to the article, Secretary Robert McDonald met with the union and told its representatives union he needed their help in identifying problem Executives and managers.

Should SCOTUS Limit the Power of Public-Sector Unions?

By Gary Shapiro, American Spectator

My father was a sixth-grade teacher active in his teacher union’s leadership. He instilled in me the value of unions. They helped our nation lead and prosper. Unions got laws passed limiting child labor, ensuring safe working conditions and compensating workers with a defined workweek and overtime pay.

Release Time on the Taxpayer’s Dime

By Larry Sand,

In St. Charles, IL, a teacher is paid $141,105 not to teach. In Philadelphia, “ghost employees” who don’t do work for the state collect benefits from the state. In Kalamazoo, MI a former teacher is collecting a government pension of $85,903 a year even though he didn’t teach his last 14 years, but instead worked as a union employee.

GOP reps are pro-taxpayer … or are they?

By Chris Woodward, One News Now

House bill H.R. 2029, otherwise known as “Military Construction and Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Appropriations Act 2016,” included two amendments. One amendment, offered by Congressman Jody Hice (R-Georgia), would have ended the practice of union official time* at the Department of Veterans Affairs. According to Trey Kovacs with the Competitive Enterprise Institute, official time amounts to millions of taxpayer dollars.

Republicans Vote in Favor of Union Giveaways

Last week, the Competitive Enterprise Institute sent out a Key Vote alert on two amendments. Both were designed to save taxpayers money by ending policies that benefit unions at the expense of fiscal responsibility and common sense. Normally, most would expect Republicans would support such measures, especially since labor unions are primarily donors to the Democratic party. Unfortunately, nearly 50 GOP members voted against both amendments.

Key Votes Alert: Amendments to H.R. 2029, Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Bill

Key Votes Alert: Amendments to H.R. 2029, Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Bill

Today, the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) will score votes in the U.S. House of Representatives in its consideration of H.R. 2029 — “Making appropriations for military construction, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2016, and other purposes.”