(National Sentinel) Federal workers: Republicans in Congress are casting a wider net in their search for illegal campaign work by government employees on behalf of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton after Postal workers were found to have violated the law with their activism.
Lawmakers have learned thatÂ the Postal Service violated the law by allowing employees to do union-funded work for Hillary Clintonâ€™s campaign while on leave.
As reported byÂ Fox News:
The lawmakers blasted out letters on Monday to 10 other federal government agencies questioning their unpaid leave policy for union-related political work.Â
Senate Homeland Security Committee Chairman Ron Johnson, R-Wis., led the charge on the review of agenciesâ€™ practices after spurring an investigation by the Office of Special Counsel (OSC) beginning in October 2016. That inquiry revealed that the USPS violated federal law by letting employees perform union-funded work for Clintonâ€™s campaign and other Democratic candidates while on leave from the agency.
House Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., joined Johnsonâ€™s efforts this week by penning joint letters to the departments of Commerce, Homeland Security, Defense, Justice, Labor, Transportation, Treasury, Agriculture, Veterans Affairs, and the Social Security Administration Monday. The letters concerned what’s known as â€œunion official Leave Without Pay (LWOP)â€ for political campaign activity.
In their letters, the lawmakers cited the OSC’s findings pertaining to the Postal Service thatÂ â€œonly [employees] who wanted to campaign for the [unionâ€™s] endorsed candidates were given the opportunity to take several weeks of leave on short notice, over the objections of local supervisors who raised concerns about potential operational impact.â€ The agency found that the USPS violated the Hatch Act, a federal law that limits certain political activities of federal employees. And though employees are permitted to do some political work while they are on leave, the report said the USPS showed â€œbiasâ€ favoring the unionâ€™s 2016 campaign operation.
â€œThe procedures by which federal employees request LWOP, and by which managers and supervisors consider these requests, are the product of negotiation between the agency and the employeesâ€™ collective bargaining representative,â€ Johnson and Gowdy wrote, requesting specific information to â€œensure federal agencies are granting LWOP in a politically neutral manner.â€
If ever there was a reason toÂ not allow government workers to unionize, this is it. Not only do unions drive up the cost of government labor, their traditional work on behalf ofÂ left-wing political candidates is a disservice to at least half, and probably more of the country, given the current GOP majority in Congress.
But now you understand that federal employees as well are part ofÂ the swamp President Donald J. Trump is attempting to drain.
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