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Senate measure would tie official time with retirement benefits

The Senate is considering two measures that aim to address “official time,” and put restrictions on some federal employee’s retirement benefits.

The Senate is considering two measures that aim to address “official time,” and put restrictions on some federal employee’s retirement benefits, Government Executive reports.

One measure, introduced by Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), would prevent employees from counting years where they worked at least 80 percent on union representational duties toward their retirement pensions, as well as prohibit those employees from receiving bonuses, and would change the term, “official time” to “federal taxpayer-funded union time,” according to the report.

Another measure would require the Office of Personnel Management to issue regular reports on official time usage as OPM is not required to issue such reports; the last report was released in 2014, the article notes.

Reader comments

Thu, Sep 21, 2017

The senate, and the political minions hardly put in any official time in to get anything accomplished. They should turn their attention to what is needed to be done, rather than individuals who are union representatives protecting the rights and working conditions of rank and file workers.

Mon, Sep 18, 2017

Oh excellent, will congress and senate and their staff take into consideration that time for them should be adjusted also when they are being wined and dined by special interest groups, on sponsor paid junkets and fact finding missions or when they do not show up to vote along with their three month recesses.

Thu, Sep 14, 2017 G

federal taxpayer-funded union time. And and I guess we feds don't pay taxes?

Wed, Sep 13, 2017 DocSanchez VAMC SF, CA

Can someone explain how this Union busting bill improves anything in federal service? It emasculates the Unions which removes the Employees' voices from the work place...this is good, how again??

Wed, Sep 13, 2017

And perhaps the same would go for the Senate members as they receive federal taxpaper-funded salaries and they are far more unproductive then union folks. They represent their constituents, unions represent employees... And?

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