While Obama was in office, he stacked the National Labor Relations Board with career union labor lawyers. Those unions are now having a harder go at it under the Trump administration.
In fact, while the Obama administration was in charge, unions were provided free government office space to conduct their business. Those unions now find themselves with an option of either paying rent or being kicked to the curb.
National Treasury Employees Union President Tony Reardon said last week the Social Security Administration’s Office of Hearing Operations informed the union that it plans to strip it of rent-free office space unilaterally, according to Government Executive.
BPR News reported more on the issue:
Unions effectively serve as little more than the campaign arm of the Democratic Party, donating millions of dollars almost exclusively to the part’s candidates. This being in addition to more than $1.1 billion in member dues given to anti-Republican advocacy groups in a five year period from 2010 to 2016, according to the Center for Union Facts.
So why should taxpayers be a party to these partisan groups. Not that unions are going to give up their entitlements without a fight, the NTEU president stressed.
“We do not believe that the agency can unilaterally implement these anti-employee provisions without bargaining, as required by the current statute governing labor relations in the federal government,” Reardon said. “We look forward to arguing our case in federal court at the end of this month to preserve the workforce rights for the men and women of OHO.”
The fight will include bargaining with Health and Human Services.