Hatch Presses Agencies for Answers on Employee Bonuses for Union Workers

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch sent letters to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), and the Social Security Administration (SSA) asking for information on how the three agencies determine financial awards for employees who spend half or more of their work time on behalf of a labor organization.

“When employees perform authorized work on behalf of a labor organization, they are necessarily performing union tasks in lieu of the tasks that would otherwise be assigned to them related to their assigned position,” Hatch wrote. “While such work is authorized by law, it does not further the efficiency, economy, or effectiveness of the agency in the same manner as work related to the agency’s mission.”

In the letters, Hatch requested answers regarding policies for awarding such bonuses, along with information on the number of employees who received financial awards, what type of financial awards were given, and for what reason the award was given.

A signed copy of the IRS letter is available here.

A signed copy of the CMS letter is available here.

A signed copy of the SSA letter is available here.