Posts tagged AFSCME Council 8

    How to Make Official Time Even Worse

    August 10, 2022 // AFSCME Council 8 had included in its contract with Cincinnati that the city would divert the equivalent of four hours of annual vacation time from all city workers and give it to the union. Those funds would compensate the city for the official time used by union members. This didn’t save taxpayers anything, since they were still ultimately paying for the official time. Rather, what it did was take even more money away from the workers, who were already paying regular union dues. Most Cincinnati city workers had no idea this was happening. The practice has been discontinued following a lawsuit by the Freedom Foundation, which argued that the arrangement violated the Supreme Court’s 2018 Janus ruling, which said that government workers’ pay could only be diverted to unions with the workers’ affirmative consent.


    March 1, 2022 // Under the scheme, AFSCME confiscated four hours of vacation time from Lascano last year and is on track to seize another four in 2022. And while the amount deducted on behalf of one worker isn’t necessarily substantial, the suit is a class action, which means hundreds of others could subsequently join the lawsuit with Lascano — potentially costing the union hundreds of thousands of dollars in the long run.