Taxpayers pay $129 million to cover the time of union workers to negotiate over their benefits

Why can't unionized workers cover the costs of negotiations on their own time?

The cost of official time used by federal employees participating in union activities increased nearly 7 percent between fiscal 2008 and fiscal 2009, according to a new report from the Office of Personnel Management.

The report, the subject of a Wednesday hearing on Capitol Hill, found that federal employees spent nearly 3 million hours of official time on union activities in 2009 at a cost of $129 million to taxpayers, an increase of $8 million from fiscal 2008. . . .



Blogger Chas said...

Unions wouldn't be necessary if management didn't behave like the over-empowered psychopaths under pressure that they are. The unions keep them in check, so that they have to treat people like human beings. Getting treated fairly has been one of the great struggles of humanity over the ages.
Unions are necessary for fairness, although government worker unions are pathetically weak, given that they are allowed to exist, but not allowed to go on strike. They're not allowed to strike, but they can still be laid off. I believe that the prohibition against strikes should be offset by a prohibition against layoffs, but the government calls the shots and they do as they please.

6/03/2011 9:41 AM  

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