I agree with Franklin D. Roosevelt

In a little-known letter he wrote to the president of the National Federation of Federal Employees in 1937, Roosevelt reasoned: “... Meticulous attention should be paid to the special relationships and obligations of public servants to the public itself and to the government. All Government employees should realize that the process of collective bargaining, as usually understood, cannot be transplanted into the public service. It has its distinct and insurmountable limitations ... The very nature and purposes of Government make it impossible for ... officials ... to bind the employer ... The employer is the whole people, who speak by means of laws enacted by their representatives...

“Particularly, I want to emphasize my conviction that militant tactics have no place in the functions of any organization of government employees. Upon employees in the federal service rests the obligation to serve the whole people ... This obligation is paramount ... A strike of public employees  manifests nothing less than an intent ... to prevent or obstruct ... Government ... Such action, looking toward the paralysis of Government is unthinkable and intolerable.”

To get this in historical context, Congress enacted the landmark National Labor Relations Act (“Wagner Act”) in 1935- the Magna Carta of the American labor movement. It excluded federal, state and local employees. It created the National Labor Relations Board to enforce the rights of labor. Employers were legally obligated to bargain collectively with their employees. In 1937 in a Senate speech, Roosevelt intoned, “The deniala or observance of this right means the difference between despotism and democracy.”

HERB POPE

Checotah

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