Letter of Support: Rep. Gingrey's Federal Employee Accountability Act of 2011
Dear Congressman Gingrey,
On behalf of more than 1.5 million Americans for Prosperity activists in all 50 states, I am writing to support the Federal Employee Accountability Act of 2011. The country’s fiscal situation grows worse with each passing year, and it is long past time we must take steps to regain control. Just as the yearly deficit and federal debt were not created in one fell swoop, so too we must take several small steps to cut spending. Your bill to curtail taxpayer funding of union activities is one such important step.
As you know, the Office of Personnel Management conducted a study that revealed a staggering amount of time and money spent by federal union employees for collective bargaining or arbitration of grievances. OPM concluded that in FY 2008 alone the American taxpayers paid $120 million to cover these activities and lost more than 2 million hours of paid work doing so. When we talk about expensive and inefficient government, this is an excellent example of what we all mean. The $600 million that your bill could save over 5 years is certainly worth pursuing.
If federal workers want to collectively bargain for their contracts or have legitimate grievances about their treatment or workplace conditions they most certainly have the right to seek collective solutions. However, the days of taxpayers paying for hours that are not truly worked must come to an end.
Americans for Prosperity is proud to support your legislation. I urge your colleagues to support its passage and look forward to working with you in the future.
Director of Government Affairs
Americans for Prosperity