By Jarrett Skorup | Mackinac Center for Public Policy
A new federal report shows that the amount spent by taxpayers for union employees to do union work on government time is the highest it has ever been measured. Taxpayers now spend $155 million for this practice.
“Overall, federal employees spent about 3.4 million hours working for unions while receiving federally funded salaries — the highest total since 2004,” reports Government Executive. “That marks nearly a 10 percent increase from 2010, the largest jump from one year to the next since the data became available.”
The amount spent by taxpayers on union stewards is up by nearly $30 million in less than two years — from $129 million in 2009 to $155 million in 2011. National lawmakers have tried repeatedly over the years to increase oversight of the money.