Senator Wants Taxpayer-Funded Union Activities Exposed

(Joshua Paladino, Liberty Headlines) Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) offered two amendments today to the National Defense Authorization Act of 2017, which aim to eliminate labor unions’ ability to charge taxpayers for non-governmental work.


Ron Johnson Photo by Gage Skidmore (CC)

“Transparency and accountability for taxpayer-funded union work by federal employees is long overdue,” Johnson said. “It should be common sense that government employees hired to care for our veterans, ensure our food is safe, and protect the border perform those jobs well. The American people should know exactly how much union activity they are paying for.”

Amendment 877 would require federal agencies to report how much time and money federal employees spend performing union work. Amendment 878 would prevent federal employees from earning retirement benefits and bonuses while working for unions.

“The (latter) amendment also renames ‘official time’ as ‘taxpayer-funded union time’ to more accurately reflect its purpose,” according to the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, which Johnson chairs. “This amendment…would return ‘official’ time to the occasional, limited usage intended by Congress.”

Federal employees doing union work on the taxpayer’s dime cost $162.5 million and 3.4 million hours of labor in 2014.

PREVIOUSLY: REPORT: Taxpayer Funded Union Work Should Be Ended

The problem exists in federal agencies that have traditionally underperformed. For example, the Veterans Administration has almost 350 employees working solely on union tasks. The IRS has 200 employees doing union work.

“Employees on official time are off lobbying on behalf of their union, attending union conventions, or doing some other union-related business,” said Trey Kovacs, labor policy analyst for the Competitive Enterprise Institute, to the Washington Free Beacon in March. “The Trump administration and Congress should waste no time in eliminating this subsidy for federal employee unions.”

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  • Maynard

    An excellent idea! Why didn’t I think of that?

  • Michael Harding

    It’s great Bill and I hope it passes. Why are we the taxpayers paying for work, that the unions fees should pay for. We get no benefit from this, the taxpayers.

  • Hillary the Cankled Liar

    Then, let’s see how much of our money is funneled to the univerSHITTIES that turn out antifa, leftists and other vile , feral degenerates.

    • Craig Vandertie

      I completely agree with you, although the bill sounds good in essence consider who is pushing it, a damn Rat that is who, him and Baldwin both need to go.

    • Louie Rey

      You mean the “indoctrination stations”? I’m with you!

  • Concerned

    A federal employee works as a federal employee and an exempt employee is a union worker. Federal employees should not receive union wages and government benefits


    There should not be any government employee unions at all.

    • ekim

      NOW, you have hit the nail on the head ! WHO EVER installed this CORRUPT IDEA upon the taxpaying public ? TREASON should be punished by ” Firing Squad ” !

    • Craig Vandertie

      There never should have been, even local bureaucratic agencies or services other than people involved in Public Saftey none should be allowed to be union.

  • Nina Ferguson

    They should not get paid anything if they are not working on what they were hired to do. If they are doing union work, let the union pay them.

  • daveveselenak

    This makes much too sense so you can forget about it!

  • Richard Wittauer

    That not a bad idea at all, to sell where your money really goes. I have a good idea and it’s not good.

  • Kitty Ward Montgomery

    Yes it needs to be exposed. Why do people think it’s ok to steal funds without permission?

  • Helene Moeck

    I hope it passes

  • Oldtx

    Go for it, Senator Johnson; someone has to stand up and make these types of activities open for all the folks to see. The Deep State wants to keep these activities quiet and out of sight. Give them the light of day!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • ekim

      ALL set up by the NLRB installed by “o” ! TREACHERY untamed !

  • Rick Carman

    don’t let a working man have a say in his wages and benefits sounds like corporate greed to come overpaid sports stars are given a pass on their union .and the actors guild these people can have a pension after they earn millions and blow it on gambling, drugs Remember O.J.Simpson gets 25,000 a month stil. Take theirs before you come for mine.

  • Mad Scientist

    Just another example of government inefficiency at it’s finest.

  • Louie Rey

    Now that’s a guy with a clue. I guess the moron percentage in Congress has shriveled down to 99.8%. Hey, it’s a start.