60 House Republicans Vote in Favor of Union Subsidy

In light of the Department of Veterans Affairs and Internal Revenue Service scandals, many Republican congressmen have come out against the practice known as union official time, which releases federal employees from their regularly assigned duties to conduct union business.

Big Labor’s VA Choke Hold

By Kim Strassel, The Wall Street Journal

We know with certainty that there is at least one person the Department of Veterans Affairs is serving well. That would be the president of local lodge 1798 of the National Federation of Federal Employees.

OPM Director Archuleta Promotes Public Service Recognition Week, Quiet on Federal Employees Performing Union Business

Office of Personnel Management Director Katherine Archuelta is one of several high-level bureaucrats that are promoting Public Service Recognition Week, and will participate in a town hall meeting to discuss “the value of government service and the dedicated men and women who deliver that value on behalf of the American people every day.”

Administration Still Dragging Feet on Official Time

By Iain Murray, National Review Online

“Official time” is the process by which taxpayers subsidize unions whose full-time officials are nominally government employees by paying them as if they were working for the taxpayer (the IRS has over 200 such employees, paid by the taxpayer but working for the union).

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).

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.