Should public employees be unionized? “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 insur- mountable 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.


Should public employees be unionized? “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 insur- mountable 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, ad- ministrative officials and employees alike are governed and guided, and in many instances restricted, by laws which establish policies, procedures, or rules in personnel matters.
“Particularly, I want to emphasize my conviction that militant tactics have no place in the functions of any organization of gov- ernment employees.
“Upon employees in the federal service rests the obligation to serve the whole people, whose interests and welfare require orderli- ness and continuity in the conduct of govern- ment activities. This obligation is paramount. Since their own services have to do with the functioning of the government, a strike of public employees manifests nothing less than an intent on their part to prevent or obstruct the operations of government until their demands are satisfied.
“Such action, looking toward the paralysis of government by those who have sworn to support it, is unthinkable and intolerable.” President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, excerpt from a letter to the Federation of Federal Employees, 1937.
Though FDR spoke of federal workers, public employees at any level who walk-out like the democrat senators in Wisconsin and Indiana, or sick-out like the teachers in Wisconsin, should immediately be fired by the public who employ them. Not because of bad behavior, but because they no longer serve the public.
These politicians are union owned, and these employees work first for their union bosses, then for themselves, and only as an afterthought for the public they were hired to serve.

Ron Taffe
Shawnee