Current reports indicate that nearly 40 percent of Americans think that having public employee unions is OK. For these people to believe that they are OK, they must be completely ignorant of the difference between public and private unions. They must also be completely ignorant of what public employee unions have done to our cities, counties, states and to the United States of America. Let’s try a simple explanation for these people who just don’t get it. Before our explanation goes further in discussion about F.D.R. it must be stated that even though he was a Progressive Liberal he saw the problem with public unions as the quotation below shows clearly!
To start off let’s take a look at what Franklin Delano Roosevelt had to say about public unions when he was President! ” 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.”
1. Private Employee Unions – These unions negotiate with the business where the employees work.
a. If the pay and benefit packages for the employees are too big, the chances are good that the business will fail and the business will have to close their doors. Then all the employees including management employees lose their jobs.
b. The unions and the businesses must work together and bargain in good faith for the benefit of the business and for all employees including management employees. If they don’t bargain in good faith all can be lost for the business and all employees.
2. Public Employee Unions – These unions negotiate with bureaucrats who they helped to get elected. For all intents and purposes both sides are simply raiding the government treasuries and have no incentives for good common sense negotiations.
a. If the pay and benefit packages for the employees are too big, the bureaucrats just borrow more money or raise taxes on We the People including the employees being bargained for. At the same time the employees are forced to pay substantial union dues and then the unions use millions of dollars to re-elect the same idiot bureaucrats so that they can get more pay and more benefits regardless of what it costs the country or We the People.
b. There has been no reason for the unions and the bureaucrats to bargain in good faith. There are no individual penalties for either group therefore why should they care. We the People pay the penalties for this kind of corruption and will continue to do so until America defaults on its indebtedness or rids the country of public employee unions.
Watch this short video as it very clearly explains the entire process!
In summary; private employee unions are OK if the employees want them. But public employee unions are corrupt and bad for the employees and for America. Even Franklin Roosevelt wouldn’t allow public employee unions because he knew they were bad for his agenda and bad for the country.