FDR on Public Sector Unions

Blog, Workplace, David Seymour

While the Frontier Centre has been publicizing the inordinate growth of public sector wages in Canada over the past decade, and various U.S. States are shaping up for a confrontation between public sector Unions’ demands and the need to balance their budgets, a friend emails this letter from FDR’s archives. FDR said:

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… …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.