Dear Representative Gingrey:
On behalf of more than two million Americans for Prosperity activists in all 50 states, I am writing in strong support of the Federal Employee Accountability Act of 2013, H.R. 107. The federal government spends far too much, and we should look for ways to make it smaller and less intrusive. Your bill would stop federal workers from conducting union activities while at work.
According to a recent study from the Office of Personnel Management, federal union employees devote a staggering amount of time and resources on union activities. In FY 2010, federal workers spent over 3 million hours of paid work engaged in collective bargaining or arbitration of grievances against an employer. The cost of these activities is $137 million, borne by American taxpayers.
Your bill is a step in the right direction toward cutting spending. It saves over $686 million over 5 years, and more than $1.3 billion over 10 years.
Certainly, federal workers have the right to organize, to seek collective solutions for their contracts, and to express legitimate grievances about their workplace conditions. However, taxpayer dollars should go toward normal job responsibilities, not toward union activities.
Americans for Prosperity is proud to support H.R. 107. I urge your colleagues to support its passage, and I look forward to working with you in the future.
Director of Policy
Americans for Prosperity