U.S. Rep. Francis Rooney Introduces Bill to Stop Spending Tax Dollars on Union Activities
Right to Work President applauds legislation to make government employees do
their actual jobs while on the clock.
Washington, D.C. (July 29, 2019) This past Friday, Rep. Francis Rooney (FL-19)
introduced the Do Your Job Act of 2019 (H.R. 4090) in the U.S. House of
legislation would ensure that public employees do the jobs the taxpayers are
paying them to do by putting an end to the practice of union “official time”
throughout the federal workforce.
official time, union officials in the federal workforce have been allowed to
conduct union business while “on the clock.” This means that every year,
millions of taxpayer dollars are used to pay for union activity instead of the
public services that those dollars are intended for.
problem traces back to 1978, when President Jimmy Carter signed the Civil
Service Reform Act. That bill, among other things, contained a provision that
officially authorized the use of official time by federal employees.
to an Office of Personnel Management report, official time can be used for,
among other things:
“Lobbying Congress concerning pending or
desired legislation affecting bargaining unit employees (e.g. bills on Federal
pay and benefits, etc.)”
“Allowing certain employees to spend 100
percent of their time handling union representation functions while being paid
by Federal agencies”
officials chalked up a staggering 3,633,290 hours of official time in 2016, at
a cost to taxpayers of over $177 million in payroll costs alone for just that
one year. This includes, for example, over $700,000 spent on travel expenses
for union bosses in the Social Security Administration.
Right to Work Committee President Mark Mix lauded Congressman Rooney’s
introduction of the bill.
bill will end the outrageous payment of tax dollars to union officials
pretending to be government employees,” Mix declared.
unions are private organizations pursuing their own interests — not taxpayers’
interests. As such, Big Labor should
have no more influence over government policy than any other private
entity. They certainly shouldn’t be
collecting government paychecks for non-government work.”