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Biden Administration Uses Taxpayer Dollars to Grow Public Unions

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Joe Biden speaking at a candidate forum. | Image by Ethan Miller/Getty Images

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(The Center Square) – The federal Office of Personnel Management is actively helping public unions recruit more members, and critics are calling it a major conflict of interest.

OPM recently released updates to FedScope, a public database of federal employees, that will allow union leaders to recruit those employees to grow their member rolls, and as a result, their coffers.

“The decision by the Office of Personnel Management to help unions identify additional organizing opportunities in the federal government is concerning, but utterly predictable,” said Maxford Nelsen, director of labor policy at the Freedom Foundation. “In fact, it’s just the latest in a string of related efforts by the Biden administration to promote unionization.”

In the private sector, companies usually work hard to prevent unions from forming because they can cause costs to balloon. The federal government, though, is less motivated since those added costs are simply passed off to the taxpayers.

On top of that, critics point out that supporting unions with taxpayer funds can have big political benefits for elected officials.

President Joe Biden issued an executive order in April of last year stating plainly that “the policy of my Administration is to encourage worker organizing and collective bargaining.”

That included the creation of a labor task force to that end and put Vice President Kamala Harris in charge.

And unions have been grateful, publicly thanking the Biden administration for the help. The National Federation of Federal Employees thanked Biden in a press release last week for the OPM tool.

“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,” said NFFE National President Randy Erwin. “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.”

Critics, though, say taxpayer funds should not be used to help grow unions, especially when unions traditionally support Democrats in various ways, including rallying members on their behalf or through campaign ads, though there are some restrictions on donations.

Biden was outspokenly pro-union on the campaign trail, and labor organizations shelled out more than $27 million for Biden in the 2020 election cycle, according to Open Secrets.

OPM did not respond to a request for comment.

“Helping unions identify organizing targets in the federal workforce not only enlists taxpayers in promoting private, politically active organizations opposed to their interests, but exposes the reality that much union organizing comes from the top down,” Nelsen said. “If federal employees were clamoring for union representation, unions wouldn’t need the Biden administration to help them find the pockets of non-union employees hiding out in the federal bureaucracy.”

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Sam Beaudette
Sam Beaudette
1 month ago

Awesome! Solidarity Forever!

caseyp
caseyp
Reply to  Sam Beaudette
1 month ago

Screw the unions. Union members are just a bunch of whiny lazy f**ks. Unions served a purpose at one time. Now they are nothing less than money making organizations for the Democrat party.

Bobby
Bobby
1 month ago

unions suck. Guv-mint employees should not be able to have unions. They are already lazy and way over paid and most are absolutely useless

caseyp
caseyp
1 month ago

Biden has no mental capacity to know what he’s doing. It’s his corrupt administration that is bring down this country. This country is going down faster than Bill Clinton’s zipper. Unions served a purpose at one time. Now their only purpose is to raise money for Democrat campaigns.

Mark Eddins
Mark Eddins
1 month ago

It is a false belief that Unions help employees, period! There is literally no need for them in todays society. If you want to get an incredible boost to productivity and reduce the cost of doing business to the thousands of unionized businesses which in turn will be passed on to in the form of REDUCED PRICES to consumers which will greatly reduce inflation, Eliminate Unions!!!

Keepin it real!
Keepin it real!
1 month ago

In the 1950’s, when nearly 50% of workers were in unions there was a TRUE middle class. The Republicans have been hollowing it out ever since. They REFUSE to vote increases in the minimum wage and their moronic base keeps voting them in purely because of stupid culture war issues. Welcome to the idiocracy of America.