It’s called “official time” and it is a joke.
It’s time, paid for by the taxpayer for government workers to do union business instead of their job. What’s more, for some government employees taxpayer funded “official time” is the only work they do. We are paying these people, in some cases 6 figures, to organize their unions so that they can call for higher taxes and increase their salaries and benefits which are disproportionately higher than the private sector.
(From Real Clear Markets)
Government workers on “official time” have office space in a particular agency to which they are assigned, and are paid for full-time work by the taxpayers, including fringe benefits such as pension plans and medical insurance that many private-sector workers no longer receive. But many are not required to show up at the office.
VA employees on “official time” represent unions such as the American Federation of Government Employees, the National Federation of Federal Employees, the National Association of Government Employees, National Nurses United, and the Service Employees International Union.