DailyCaller Breaks CNLP’s FOIA of Taxpayer-Funded Union Lobbyists

On September 30, 2015, in CNLP Cases, Public Policy, by Staff

Today, the DailyCaller broke an investigation that the Center on National Labor Policy (CNLP) and the National Right To Work Committee (NRTWC) have been jointly looking into Virginia taxpayers subsidizing labor salaries, lobby expenses, and other “union functions.” (See excerpts from story below) CNLP’s Acting President Mike Avakian filed the Fairfax County FOIAs that confirmed this scheme transferring […]

fairfax county sealToday, the DailyCaller broke an investigation that the Center on National Labor Policy (CNLP) and the National Right To Work Committee (NRTWC) have been jointly looking into Virginia taxpayers subsidizing labor salaries, lobby expenses, and other “union functions.” (See excerpts from story below)

CNLP’s Acting President Mike Avakian filed the Fairfax County FOIAs that confirmed this scheme transferring Fairfax County taxpayers money directly to union operating and lobbying costs.  Avakian promises that soon research will be released exposing some very shocking numbers.

From the DailyCaller.com:

According to recently obtained documents, public sector employees in Fairfax County, Va., are allowed to spend unlimited taxpayer-funded hours doing union work instead of their actual jobs.

Public employees doing taxpayer-funded union work is known as official time on the federal level and release time in the states. With Virginia outlawing collective bargaining agreements for public employees, it’s very unlikely a county like Fairfax would have a release time policy. So much so that County Supervisor Pat Herrity was surprised it did.

“The first thing to do is getting the facts and that’s where I’ll focus my attention,” Herrity told The Daily Caller News Foundation. “I want to get to the bottom of this and how we’re tracking it.”

Additionally each of the 10 unions are allowed [2,400 total] hours in release time annually for lobbying and other political activities. The county documents were first obtained by the Center on National Labor Policy through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request.

Public sector collective bargaining agreements are outlawed in Virginia as part of the state right-to-work law. Right-to-work bans public sector collective bargaining agreements and any mandatory union dues. In contrast collective bargaining agreements subject public employees to rules negotiated between public officials and the unions.

Herrity plans to take the issue to the auditor for the board of supervisors.

 

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