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    Unions Getting Creative in Election-Year Struggle

    If it seems like unions are making a fuss lately, it’s because they are. It’s an election year, and they need money. Just one in 15 private-sector workers is a union member—in 2013, union membership was at its lowest rate since 1916. That might explain why they’re grasping for new … More

    No Room for Spending Cuts? How About Government Employee Trips to the Caribbean?

    If government employees can enjoy a stay in a luxury hotel made famous on The Bachelor, then surely Congress could find somewhere to make spending cuts. In November, a group of federal government employees connected with the U.S. Coral Reef Task Force enjoyed a trip to St. Croix, courtesy of … More

    Greece: Austerity Doesn’t Involve Public-Sector Layoffs

    Slate’s Matthew Yglesias might be attacked as an “austerity denier” now that he has joined Heritage’s Salim Furth in pointing out that there is a lot of policy diversity under the broad label of “austerity.” Yglesias explained last week why a small but sudden layoff of government employees might bring … More

    GDP Grew 2.5 Percent in the First Quarter

    After dreadfully low growth in the last quarter of 2012—just 0.4 percent—gross domestic product (GDP) returned to a healthier rate of growth of 2.5 percent in the first three months of 2013. The autumn’s drop in private inventories was reversed as companies stockpiled more goods in anticipation of future consumer … More

    Federal Pay and the Ryan Budget: Brazen Falsehoods from a Federal Employee Union

    Congressman Paul Ryan’s (R–WI) budget outline calls for federal employees to contribute more to their pensions, but the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) is none too happy about it. In noting that total federal employee compensation is currently excessive, Ryan is on solid empirical ground. But instead of trying … More

    Top 10 Heritage Research Papers of 2012

    As the year comes to a close, we reflect on 2012 by offering highlights of the top 10 most-read research papers by Heritage scholars. 1) The 2012 Index of Dependence on Government By William Beach and Patrick Tyrrell February 8, 2012 The great and calamitous fiscal trends of our time—dependence … More

    Even Government Employees Think Private Sector Works Harder

    The polling firm Rasmussen offers some interesting data on the work effort of government employees compared to private-sector workers. In five separate surveys this past year, Rasmussen asked a representative sample of American adults, “Who works harder?” The choices were government workers, private-sector employees, and “not sure.” The table below … More

    Morning Bell: Should We Pay Government Employees More?

    Federal employees—who work on average a month less than private-sector workers and get paid more—are lobbying for higher pay. Government unions know that Congress is looking for ways to nip and tuck the federal budget, and they’re counting on being left out of the deal. “The Federal-Postal Coalition—a group representing … More

    Government Unions Go All Out for the President

    The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) has spent more than any other outside group to re-elect President Obama. The union has spent $74 million to return Obama to the Oval Office, exceeding President Obama’s own super PAC spending by a third. Other unions are also going all out for the … More

    Government Employees Work Less Than Private-Sector Employees

    A new Heritage Foundation study shows that government employees work around three hours less per week and roughly one month less per year than private-sector workers. Substantial differences in work time persist even after controlling for occupational and skill differences between sectors. The “underworked” government employee should obviously be of … More