The federal government in 2011 spent more on “official time” -- when public sector union officials receive taxpayer-funded salaries and work in government offices -- than any year since at least 2002, when the Office of Personnel Management began collecting the data.
Union workers cost the federal government more than $155 million in 2011, according to OPM’s new report, marking an almost 12 percent increase from 2010.
Overall, federal employees spent about 3.4 million hours working for unions while receiving federally funded salaries -- the highest total since 2004. That marks nearly a 10 percent increase from 2010, the largest jump from one year to the next since the data became available.
Source: Government Executive. Read full article. (link)