Monitoring Union Officials
July 23, 2002
A new government directive requiring that the work hours of union officials on the federal payroll be monitored has provoked the ire of those same union officials.
- Officers of federal employee unions have long enjoyed the right to use their federal work time to engage in union business.
- The new policy requires annual reports detailing how much paid work time the officers used for union business versus time used for their federal responsibilities.
- Some nonpolitical federal employees say the policy is long overdue, and that local union leaders during the Clinton years did everything but their federal jobs.
- But some unions have charged that the directive is "chilling."
Moreover, political observers say there is little chance the Bush administration will persuade Congress to eliminate "being there" longevity pay raises in favor of a government-wide pay-for-performance system. The longevity raises go to 30 to 40 percent of the federal work force annually and they are in addition to other types of raises. They are only denied to the 2 percent of workers rated as "unsatisfactory" each year.
Source: Mike Causey, "Federal Policy to Monitor Work of Union Officers on Job Draws Ire," Washington Times, July 23, 2002.
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