A national labor organization representing more than 100,000 federal employees removed a page from its website after an investigation revealed that the Biden administration used government funds to assist public unions increase their membership and, consequently, their budgets.
The Center Square published the story, which referenced a news release on the website of the National Federation of Federal Employees in which the labor organization congratulated the Biden administration for its assistance in recruiting additional federal employees.
The Biden administration assisted the unions by directing the Office of Personnel Management to modify the federal employee database FedScope to make it easier for unions to target and attract non-union federal agency employees.
“This upgraded resource will be an excellent tool for our union to locate non-union employees across the federal government who are rightfully entitled to representation and a voice in their workplace,” NFFE National President Randy Erwin stated in a now-removed press statement.
“NFFE specifically requested assistance in identifying the hundreds of thousands of unrepresented government workers, and today OPM delivered on its commitment to promote employee organizing and collective bargaining by rolling out the enhanced database. We are excited to help these federal employees who have not yet joined a union organize in their workplaces and obtain critical rights and benefits through unionizing.”
According to critics, the Office of Personnel Management’s use of tax monies to assist public unions in expanding their budgets constitutes a conflict of interest.
Maxford Nelsen, a labor policy specialist at the Freedom Foundation, noted that neither the federal government nor the other main federal employee unions boasted about the Office of Personnel Management’s collaboration with them to expand the unionization of federal employees.
“The fact that NFFE pulled down its press release on the subject after it started getting attention suggests they spoke out of turn and exposed behind-the-scenes coordination that those involved thought best left out of the public eye.”
The now-removed NFFE press statement commended the Biden administration for allowing 300,000 new potential members to join the organization.
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“Today, the National Federation of Federal Employees (NFFE-IAM) applauds the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) for promoting union representation among 300,000 federal employees who are eligible to join a union but are not currently in a bargaining unit,” the release said.
“OPM announced that FedScope, a public database of federal employees that does not list names or contact information, now has increased search capabilities and details on unrepresented workers.” CONTINUE READING…