Entries in Public Employee Unions (42)
NEW HAMPSHIRE TROOPERS ASSOCIATION
The Troopers Building
107 North State Street
Concord, NH 03301-4334
Concord, NH -- Leadership from the New Hampshire Troopers Association and the New Hampshire Police Association will host a press conference at the Legislative Office Building on Monday morning, March 18, where they will discuss their support of Senate Bill 152 as a critical source of revenue for New Hampshire public safety programs.
The state Senate passed SB 152 last week by a vote of 16-8 and now goes to the House of Representatives. SB 152 allows for up to 5,000 slot machines and 150 table games at one gaming location in New Hampshire.
WHO: New Hampshire Troopers Association and New
Hampshire Police Association
WHAT: Press Conference in Support of Senate Bill
WHERE: Legislative Office Building, Concord
WHEN: Monday, March 18, 10:00 a.m.
Dec. 12, 2012, Fairfax, VA—Taxpayers are footing the bill for thirty five union officials at the U.S. Department of Transportation, which spent $4.8 million dollars in union salaries in 2012, paying an average salary of $138,175 per year according to a report released by Americans for Limited Government today.
The National Air Traffic Controllers Association accounted for twenty one of the taxpayer funded employees with eight people making in excess of $170,000 a year.
Of the thirty five, only three make less than $100,000 a year, with the lone National Federation of Federal Employees representative registering the low annual union salary of $80,748.
Bill Wilson, president of Americans for Limited Government questioned why taxpayers are paying union salaries at all saying, "It is obscene that in one Department alone, taxpayers are being stuck with almost $5 million in public employee union salary costs, these unions collect member dues and should pay for their own employees."
Labor unions have become increasingly dependent upon the public employee sector as their presence in the private sector has fallen to near record lows with fewer than 7 percent of non-government employees belonging to a union. While private sector union membership has collapsed, government union membership has grown so rapidly that more than 50 percent of AFL-CIO membership is now comprised of public employees.
This shift explains organized labor's increased stridence against reasonable measures to rein in government spending, as they are one of the chief beneficiaries of larger government payrolls.
The scrutiny of taxpayer funding of labor union employees' salaries comes on the heels of historic losses for Big Labor in the states of Michigan, Indiana and Wisconsin in 2012. These losses in formerly heavily unionized rust belt states signal that organized labor will be even more dependent upon their federal public employee base for the dues money that fuels their political clout.
"Big Labor has been a primary financier for the far left advocates of expanded government, it is time for elected officials to cut off the gravy train of having the taxpayers pay for union salaries. It is simply wrong for American workers who have a median household income of just more than $50,000, to pay the freight for non-productive government workers who make more than two and a half times that amount," Wilson concluded.
The report on Transportation Department union employee salaries was created using Department responses to a Freedom of Information Act request filed by Americans for Limited Government. The FOIA history can be found at www.algfoiafiles.com.
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The Office of Governor-Elect Maggie Hassan
CONCORD – As part of her efforts to ensure a seamless transition process, Governor-Elect Maggie Hassan today announced the members of the state negotiating team who will negotiate contracts with the four unions – the State Employees Association, New Hampshire Troopers’ Association, New England Police Benevolent Association, and the New Hampshire International Brotherhood of Teamsters – who represent state employees.
“New Hampshire’s state employees work hard every day to serve our citizens,” said Governor-Elect Hassan. “Our state negotiating team will work with the representatives of our state employees to reach agreement on a fair compensation package that recognizes their hard work and contributions, while also recognizing the fiscal constraints the state continues to face as we recover from the recession.”
The members of the state negotiating team announced are Matt Newland, Manager of Employee Relations for the State of New Hampshire; Tom Manning, Assistant Secretary of State and long-time member of the state negotiating team; Katja Fox, Health Care Specialist, Office of the Commissioner, New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services; Kevin O’Brien, Chief of Policy and Planning at the New Hampshire Department of Safety; Mike Wilkey, Director of Life, Accident and Health at the New Hampshire Department of Insurance and member of the state’s Health Benefit Committee; and Sara Willingham, Deputy Director of the State Division of Personnel.
As Governor, Maggie Hassan will bring people together to keep New Hampshire moving forward by focusing on innovation, fiscal responsibility and common-sense solutions to our challenges. Hassan will work with members of both parties to develop a fiscally responsible balanced budget that protects New Hampshire’s priorities without an income or sales tax. She will work to implement her “Innovate NH” jobs plan, which focuses on building the best workforce in the country, providing tax credits to businesses, and giving businesses technical assistance to help them create jobs. And Hassan will reach out to legislators and citizens across the state to listen to their ideas on moving New Hampshire forward.
Analysts Say ‘Official Time’ Costs Taxpayers $155 million; Call For Release of OPM Report
Washington, D.C., Dec. 6, 2012 – Federal employees spent about 3.4 million hours performing union duties while on the clock in 2011, according to an unreleased Office of Personnel Management (OPM) report made public in a November 26 Federal Times article. This amount of time, referred to as “official time,” cost the federal government $155 million. It represents an 11 percent increase in the amount of official time in 2010.
This information comes from leaks inside the administration. Labor policy analysts at the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) say it’s time for OPM Director John Berry to expedite release of the OPM report, which details the increase in official time.
“President Obama brags he has put in place the ‘toughest transparency rules of any administration in history,'” said Matt Patterson, director of CEI’s Labor Project. “Yet this OPM report remains unavailable for public scrutiny.
“Voters and their elected representatives deserve a full accounting of how tax dollars are being used to subsidize Big Labor, the leaders of which have been among President Obama’s most ardent supporters.”
Patterson commended the efforts of U.S. Reps. Dennis Ross, R-Fla., and Phil Gingrey, R-Ga., who issued a letter to Berry on Nov. 30 that stated: "[W]e feel that it is imperative for Congress and the American public to have access to timely and accurate official time reports."
No one disputes the right for workers to form a union, Patterson emphasized. “But when unions use the government to secure for themselves privileged status and perks, when they use the levers of power to funnel public money into their private coffers, they break a sacred covenant of free government, which works only when and if the law is applied equally and to all."
> Read more about official time on CEI’s OpenMarket blog.
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