It cost the government $137 million – or roughly three million lost hours in 2010 – for federal employees who are union officials to work on union matters during their workday. While we have not conducted a detailed comparison, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) appears at or near the top of the list for the number of official hours spent per bargaining unit employee.
According to a U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) report for 2010, the NLRB used 11,480 hours of official time for 1,076 bargaining unit employees – for a cost of $690,288 to the American taxpayer. In contrast, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) used 1,366 hours for 1,169 employees at a cost to taxpayers of just $99,187. The National Science Foundation (NSF) used 1,619 official hours for 972 employees at a cost of $111,903. Other agencies had higher numbers, but few, if any, spent anywhere close to 10 hours per bargaining unit employee.