This tale comes from Kimberly Strassel in her recent op-ed in The Wall Street Journal.
The Federal Labor Relations Authority, the agency that mediates federal labor disputes, earlier this month ruled in favor of this union president [Janice Perry of local lodge 1798 of the National Federation of Federal Employees], in a dispute over whether she need bother to show up at her workplace—the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Martinsburg, W.Va. According to FLRA documents, this particular VA employee is 100% “official time”—D.C. parlance for federal employees who work every hour of every work day for their union, at the taxpayer’s expense.
In April 2012, this, ahem, VA “employee” broke her ankle and declared that she now wanted to do her nonwork for the VA entirely from the comfort of her home. Veterans Affairs attempted a compromise: Perhaps she could, pretty please, come in two days a week? She refused, and complained to the FLRA that the VA was interfering with her right to act as a union official.
The FLRA’s decision can be seen here.
There are two solutions to this. Disbanding the VA is one. That would eliminate the union’s ability to mishandle our veterans altogether. The other, now come to light, is to eliminate the FLRA altogether. It’s plainly become much too politicized—unionized—to be able to do its statutory job fairly, objectively, and honestly.