They discussed “how they might take bits and pieces of what we did with Act 10 and with civil service reform and how they could apply that at the national level,” Walker told reporters in Wisconsin. “It’s something they’re interested in.”
Walker, during his short-lived presidential run in 2015, proposed bringing his signature legislative achievements to the federal government. In his policy proposal, Walker pointed to the use of “official time” as evidence of the wastefulness of federal unions. He characterized the practice as “government union lobbying,” though the term refers to some union officials’ ability to spend part or all of their time earning a federal salary and working at a federal office while conducting representational business. He also suggested barring federal unions from using dues automatically withdrawn from feds’ paychecks for political activity.
The governor’s ultimate goal, he said in a “white paper” released at the time, was to eliminate federal employee unions entirely.
“It’s time to address the problems with collective bargaining in public service rather than tinker around the edges,” he wrote. “As president, I will work with Congress to eliminate big-government, federal unions on behalf of the American taxpayer. Big-government unions should have no place in the federal workplace, and I will reform the law to prohibit them.”
Walker has also diminished the take-home pay of his state’s employees, significantly increasing their contributions toward their pensions and health benefits. The governor said he and Pence discussed not just collective bargaining changes but also other reforms including easing the hiring and firing of federal employees, and moving them to a pay-for-performance system. He said he offered his and his team’s assistance in implementing the policies.
Also this week, Rep. Barry Loudermilk, R-Ga., said the Trump administration provided positive feedback to his bill to hasten the firing of federal workers.