Our Center for Cost Effective Government is bringing a lawsuit to stop the practice of having taxpayer funds subsidizing leave time for municipal union leaders to lobby on behalf of union matters. Our suit seeks a declaratory judgment invalidating taxpayer subsidized administrative union leave on the grounds that it is an unconstitutional gift of public monies for a private purpose. While supportive of allowing unions to be represented, the Center believes that such lobbying should be paid for through union dues, not your taxpayer dollars. The cost for union leave amounts to $3 million in Suffolk County government, $25 million in New York City and over $150 million on the federal level.
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