Taxpayer Subsidized Union Activities

  • Potential 10 Year Savings: $1.2 Billion
  • Sponsor: Rep. Phil Gingrey
  • Legislation:
  • Status: Voted on House Floor

Currently, some federal employees spend up to 100% of their workweek, paid by taxpayers, doing work for their union. Federal employees unions collect millions in revenue each year and spend significant amounts on political activities and lobbying, should they also be subsidized by the taxpayer for their official functions? In 2008 the Federal government spent $120 million paying employees for their time spent working on union activities (over five years this would total a minimum of $600 million.) (Also proposed as part of the RSC Sunset Caucus.)