If you’ve been a visitor to thelibertjournal.com before, it’s obvious I rail on worker unions regularly; both public and private. Well, you pay the wages of our federal government employees, who in turn use your tax dollars to pay dues to worker unions who, in compliance with current federal policy (and other Administration’s policies), advocate for protected and interminable jobs accommodated with bloated taxpayer-supported salaries and benefits, while using taxpayer-supported union dues to contribute to the political candidates who will ultimately be paid a taxpayer-supported salary for passing legislation to keep increasing the size and cost of our taxpayer-supported limited government, while the taxpayer-funded unions continue growing its rank and file in order to ignore the will of their real boss – the American taxpayer.

One of the unions representing SSA, NASA, Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC), DOE, DOJ, and many agencies within our Federal Government is the International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers (IFPTE) in which I’ll quote from their website:

Building Political Influence Through Contract Language

…public employees can elect who their boss is…Through political action, public employees can help elect candidates who share their interests. These elected officials set policy and establish laws that directly affect public employees’ working terms and conditions…Attempts to gain political influence can take many forms—endorsing candidates, campaigning, advertising, voting, contributing funds or lobbying…bargaining language in the contract. Members could potentially negotiate language that will afford them the opportunity to participate in and support political activities.

The proliferation of unionization within our Federal Government is intensifying at a time of national fiscal and moral crisis. The rush to grow the union’s rank and file at the expense of our tax dollars is a fraud perpetuated against America.

IFPTE is a member of UNI.

IFPTE also belongs to the Union Network International (UNI) which is a worldwide organization of 800 labor unions dedicated to advancing the skills and services of its members in the new global economy.

By the way, UNI is holding rallies around the world in support of Egyptian social justice and economic reforms.

UNI affiliates along with their national trade union centres continue to hold demonstrations and actions throughout this week in support of Egyptian workers.

Issues of unionization activity in the Federal Government is often controlled by the President-elect, and generally through executive order. President Bill Clinton played a major role in giving federal government workers and their union counterparts unprecedented power over America with Executive Order 12871 of October 1, 1993, to have it revoked by President G.W. Bush’s Executive Order 13203 of February 17, 2001, only to have that re-instituted with Executive Order 13522 of December 9, 2009 from Barak Obama, who is essentially serving Bill Clinton’s 3rd term.

In all the research I’ve conducted on this subject, there is an incessant theme regarding the justification of totally unionizing the Federal Government. It’s the mantra that we’re doing it to streamline efficiency and effectiveness of government products and services for the taxpayer. I definitely call BS on that account. It’s all about building a government institution within the Federal Government that will perpetuate government’s growth, protect federal employees jobs (including the most incompetent), build an impenetrable firewall between federal employees and their real employers (the American people), while constructing perpetuating well-funded campaign coffers and a growing voter base for the Democrat/Progressive/Socialist political party.

Unionization of the federal government workforce has been continuous over the past 40-50 years. However, presently there is a self-proclaimed progressive behind the President’s desk that has ramped up the effort and is calling it transparency in government. Here’s the transparency brought to by National Treasury Employees Union in their special 62 page document, DELIVERING CHANGE FOR AMERICA – Recommendations to the Presidential Transition Team, November 2008, pg.6.

…increasing productivity through the use of partnership and other collaborative efforts; attracting and retaining the best employees by ensuring their rights are respected and their compensation system is transparent and competitive.

There is an abundance of information at the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) regarding much of the union collaboration with the Obama administration. Amazingly enough, there are numerous Executive level agencies, departments, cabinet positions, forums, workshops, etc.. dedicated to the effort of promoting rights and dignity for their “working class” bureaucratic brethren. Here are some of these collaboraters:

  • Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS)
  • Department of Labor-Office of Labor-Management Standards
  • Federal Labor Relations Authority
  • Office of Administrative Law Judges
  • Office of the General Counsel
  • Federal Service Impasses Panel
  • Foreign Service Grievance Board ??
  • Foreign Service Impasse Disputes Panel
  • Foreign Service Labor Relations Board
  • National Center for Dispute Settlement (NCDS)??
  • Merit Systems Protection Board
  • Collaboration and Alternative Dispute Resolution (CADR) Program
  • Office of Personnel Management
  • Chief Human Capital Officers (CHCO) Council
  • Federal Acquisition Institute (FAI)
  • Office of Performance and Personnel Management (OPPM)
  • Chief Acquisition Officer Council
  • Office of Federal Procurement Policy
  • Interagency Acquisition Career Management Council
  • National Council on Labor-Management Relations

Several things should be taken into consideration in the argument against Federal Government unionization. In the last 100 years, Socialists, Communists, Anarchists, etc. utilized unions for progressive causes, especially the destruction of free enterprise through class warfare.  Here are just two of the thousands of examples:

Revolutionary Industrial Unionism versus Armed Insurrection-leaflet of the Industrial Workers of the World, circa April 1921
Revolutionary Tendencies in American Labor – Part 2

In the distant past, unions served some useful purposes to combat employer abuse. Unfortunately, the system of crony capitalism and oligarchy in America has union leadership utilizing federal employee unionization as a tool further corrupt our Federal Government. Collective bargaining rights for Federal Government employees should be banned and the unions need to be kicked to the curb.

Go here to find taxpayer funded resources to union leaders and union members about what is negotiable in collective bargaining agreements.

Go here for union leader’s specific employment issues provided by the OPM.

We lead the Government in improving operations by helping agencies work effectively with Federal labor organizations which represent 1.1 million Federal employees.

We regularly consult at the national level with labor organizations, agency managers and labor relations officials in the development of human resource policy and on Government rules, regulations, and binding directives affecting conditions of employment.

Go here for more links to documents that are useful to labor relations professionals and federal employees collective bargaining rights and issues:

Union Leaders

* Memo on Labor-Management Relations
* Reporting Official Time for Labor and Management Relations
* Guidance for Implementing Executive Order 13203
* Executive Order 13203
* Labor Agreement Information Retrieval System (LAIRS)
* Decisions of the Federal Service Impasses Panel
* Glossary of Federal Sector Labor-Management Relations Terms
* Labor-Management Relations Advisories
* Labor Management Case Law on Performance Management
* Negotiability Determinations by the Federal Labor Relations Authority
* Negotiating Flexible and Compressed Work Schedules
* Recognitions and Agreements Change Form (OPM Form 913B)
* Significant Cases *Directory of Unions and Associations with Exclusive Recognition in the Federal Service

Union Members

Negotiability Determinations by the Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA)

* Agreement/Negotiations/Consultation
* Assignments
* Compensation
* Contracting Out
* Discipline
* Drug Testing
* Employee Standards of Conduct
* Employer Rights
* Equal Employment Opportunity
* Facilities, Equipment & Services
* Filling Vacancies/Promotions
* Health & Safety
* Hours of Work
* Incentive Awards
* Internal Security Practices
* Leave
* Negotiated Grievance Procedure/Arbitration
* Official Time
* Overtime
* Performance: Appraisal/Evaluation
* Performance: Critical Elements/Standards
* Position Description/Classification
* Reduction In Force
* Representation Rights
* Training
* Travel and Per Diem
*Union Security
* Work Schedule
* Miscellaneous

Go here for All Federal Government Employee Bargaining Units Detail

Go here for History of All Collective Bargaining Agreements in the LAIRS Repository

Yes, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is now unionized also. Read more here and here.

MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING (MOU) Between the U. S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) And the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), Local 32
The following constitutes the full agreement concerning the implementation of Local 32 bargaining unit employees’ use of dispute resolution services provided by the Office of the Ombudsman.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 5, 2010

OPM Reorganizes to Better Meet the Needs of Its Customers
Work on the reorganization included input from OPM employees and union officials

Washington , DC – In order to help fulfill President Obama’s promise to make the Federal government more transparent and customer friendly, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has undergone a major reorganization. It became effective with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between agency and union officials.

FLRA AND FMCS PARTNER TO PROVIDE JOINT TRAINING ON EXECUTIVE ORDER 13522

The Federal Labor Relations Authority, Office of General Counsel and the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service are pleased to announce a joint training on implementing Executive Order 13522, Creating Labor-Management Forums to Improve Delivery of Government Services. FMCS Director George Cohen and FLRA General Counsel Julia Akins Clark stated that they are committed to providing this outreach opportunity to parties to enhance effective and cooperative labor-management relations in the federal sector.

Current Participants in Executive Order 13522 to Initiate-Proliferate federal employees’ union rights

*Federal Election Commission PDF (25 KB)
*Commission on Civil Rights PDF (13 KB)
*U.S. Agency for International Development PDF (21 KB)
*U.S. International Trade Commission PDF (17 KB)
*Department of Treasury PDF (195 KB)
*Federal Communications Commission PDF (13 KB)
*Armed Forces Retirement Home PDF (18 KB)
*Department of Energy PDF (34 KB)
*Consumer Product Safety Commission PDF (17 KB)
*Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency for DC
*Department of Health and Human Services PDF (171 KB)
*Department of Homeland Security PDF (89 KB)
*Department of Housing and Urban Development PDF (141 KB)
*Department of State PDF (34 KB)
*Environmental Protection Agency PDF (31 KB)
*Equal Employment Opportunity Commission PDF (41 KB)
*Export-Import Bank of the United States PDF (17 KB)
*Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service PDF (30 KB)
*Merit Systems Protection Board PDF (57 KB)
*National Labor Relations Board PDF (37 KB)
*Overseas Private Investment Corporation PDF (40 KB)
*Broadcasting Board of Governors PDF (69 KB)
*Commodity Futures Trading Commission PDF (44 KB)
*Corporation for National and Community Service PDF (53 KB)
*Department of Agriculture PDF (48 KB)
*Department of Commerce PDF (33 KB)
*Department of Defense PDF (54 KB)
*Department of Education PDF (97 KB)
*Department of Justice PDF (44 KB)
*Department of Labor
*Department of the Interior PDF (56 KB)
*Department of Transportation PDF (62 KB)
*Department of Veterans Affairs PDF (23 KB)
*Federal Energy Regulatory Commission PDF (28 KB)
*Federal Trade Commission PDF (35 KB)
*General Services Administration PDF (52 KB)
*National Aeronautics and Space Administration PDF (64 KB)
*National Archives and Records Administration PDF (1116 KB)
*National Credit Union Administration PDF (67 KB)
*National Endowment for the Humanities PDF (28 KB)
*National Mediation Board PDF (15 KB)
*National Science Foundation PDF (37 KB)
*National Transportation Safety Board PDF (46 KB)
*Nuclear Regulatory Commission PDF (23 KB)
*Peace Corps PDF (97 KB)
*Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation PDF (22 KB)
*Railroad Retirement Board PDF (26 KB)
*Securities and Exchange Commission PDF (13 KB)
*Social Security Administration PDF (75 KB)
*U.S. Office of Personnel Management PDF (49 KB)
*U.S. Small Business Administration PDF (33 KB)

And The Benefits Keep Stacking Up

Overall for CY 2009, 36 Federal agencies provided 8,454 employees with a total of more than
$61.8 million in student loan repayment benefits. Compared to our last report for CY 2008, this
represents a 23 percent increase

In calendar year 2008, 47 agencies paid 39,512 recruitment, relocation, and retention incentives, costing $284,842,088.

For The Who Suspected Obama’s Pay Freeze for Federal Workers was BS, You Were Correct.

Pay freeze doesn’t leave all federal workers out in the cold

President Obama’s pay freeze, which Congress approved last month, does not apply to raises negotiated through union contracts, according to guidance issued by the Office of Personnel Management last week.

“The pay freeze policy in the presidential memorandum may not, as a matter of federal sector labor law, apply to any increase that is required by a collective bargaining agreement that has already been executed and is in effect as of the date of the presidential memorandum,” OPM said.

…union-covered pay raises can be comparatively substantial, a 4 percent or 5 percent increase for example.

By the way, why are you attacking Federal Government employees? Haha!