What’s Wrong With Public Unions?
This comes by way of Prager University and Dennis Prager. Philip Howard, founder of Common Good, talks about the corruption that has invaded public sector unions. The idea of unions was once a necessary and useful concept, but now they have become nothing more than overpaid, whining extortionists. And never has it been a good idea to have public sector unions. In the public sector, the entire dynamic of employee/employer relationship is different than the private sector.
As you are reading the quote below, see if you can guess who said it.
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 when applied to public personnel management. The very nature and purposes of Government make it impossible for administrative officials to represent fully or to bind the employer in mutual discussions with Government employee organizations. The employer is the whole people, who speak by means of laws enacted by their representatives in Congress. Accordingly, administrative officials and employees alike are governed and guided, and in many instances restricted, by laws which establish policies, procedures, or rules in personnel matters.
The Progressive Darling himself, Franklin D. Roosevelt was the author of this quote.
Citation: Franklin D. Roosevelt: “Letter on the Resolution of Federation of Federal Employees Against Strikes in Federal Service,” August 16, 1937. Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project. http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/?pid=15445.