Republicans launch new tactic in latest attack on federal unions

 

Republicans launch new tactic in latest attack on federal unions

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By Joe Davidson | Columnist By Joe Davidson | Columnist March 8 at 7:00 AM

Newly emboldened congressional Republicans are taking a novel approach to their longtime efforts to undermine federal employee unions.

Official time, which allows labor leaders a limited range of activities while being paid by the government, has been a favorite target. Rather than trying to outlaw it directly, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on Wednesday will consider a new tactic — legislation that would provide a strong deterrent by hitting the retirement benefits of many who use official time.

The intent is the same — weakening it and the unions.

The bill introduced Monday by Rep. Jody Hice (R-Ga.) would prohibit “employees who spend the majority of their time on official time from counting that time as creditable service” toward retirement, according to a document provided by the committee.

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Senate Narrowly Passes Repeal of Obama Fair Pay, Safe Workplace Rule

Senate Narrowly Passes Repeal of Obama Fair Pay, Safe Workplace Rule

The Senate on Monday narrowly approved a House-passed resolution to overturn President Obama’s Fair Pay, Safe Workplaces order, handing a victory to contractors who had blasted the order and the Labor Department’s rule to implement it as “blacklisting.”

The vote was 49-48, and President Trump, based on a Feb. 1 statement of administration policy, appears likely to sign the resolution.

HJ Res 37, sponsored by Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-N.C., declares that the implementation of the rule submitted in August by the Defense Department, General Services Administration, and NASA relating to the Federal Acquisition Regulation has no effect.

 

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House Committee Hearing Scrutinizes Use of Official Time at VA

 

House Committee Hearing Scrutinizes Use of Official Time at VA

February 17, 2017 
 

A hearing held by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform this week took a look at the use of official time at the Department of Veterans Affairs.

The hearing focused largely on a new report from the Government Accountability Office which noted that the VA lacks an accurate methodology for tracking the use of official time by its employees.

FedSmith.com author Ralph Smith wrote about the GAO report and noted that it found nothing new in the sense that agencies have previously been found to be unable to accurately track hours spent on official time for years now.

“No one really knows how much is time and money is spent by federal union representatives on union activity,” Smith wrote.

 

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King Re-Introduces National Right To Work Act

King Re-Introduces National Right To Work Act
Feb 1, 2017

Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Steve King released the following statement after re-introducing the National Right To Work Act in the 115th Congress along with Congressman Joe Wilson. This bill would repeal the provisions in federal law that make “forced dues” the default labor law of the country:

“Today, around 80% of Americans overwhelmingly believe that every worker and their employer should have the power to negotiate the terms of their employment,” said King. “Unfortunately when Congress enacted the National Labor Relations Act in 1935, this right was taken away from the people and Americans were forced to pay union dues and abide by the union’s rules just to get or keep a job. Continue reading “King Re-Introduces National Right To Work Act”

Trump Administration Reportedly Considering Federal Union Busting, Civil Service Reforms

Trump Administration Reportedly Considering Federal Union Busting, Civil Service Reforms

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (left) joins Donald Trump at a meeting with small business leaders during the presidential campaign.
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (left) joins Donald Trump at a meeting with small business leaders during the presidential campaign. Evan Vucci/AP

Gov. Scott Walker, R-Wis., said this week he met with Vice President Pence and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich at the White House to discuss how the administration can bring reforms in Wisconsin to the federal level. The two-term governor rose to prominence over his controversial “right-to-work” legislation that stripped most state and local employees of nearly all of their collective bargaining rights. Pence and Gingrich, an unofficial Trump adviser, gave Walker’s ideas a warm reception, the governor said.

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