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H.R. 1902: Do Your Job Act of 2021

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Should “official time” have a timeout?


In 2021, 29.0 percent of federal employees were represented by unions, more than quadruple the 7.0 percent of private sector employees.

Critics have long criticized these unions for bureaucratizing the government and increasing taxpayer costs. Those critics included former President Donald Trump, who issued a series of executive orders cracking down on federal employee unions, particularly the practice known as “official time.”

What is that?

Legally, federal employee unions represent all the workers under their umbrella, even those who don’t actually pay dues. To compensate for this free-rider problem, the Civil Service Reform Act of 1978 — passed at least partially in response to Watergate a few years prior — created the practice of “official time.” That means those unions’ …

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Dan Bishop

Sponsor. Representative for North Carolina's 9th congressional district. Republican.

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Last Updated: Mar 16, 2021
Length: 2 pages
Mar 16, 2021
117th Congress (2021–2023)

Introduced on Mar 16, 2021

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18 Cosponsors (18 Republicans)

3% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)


Mar 16, 2021

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