Saturday, February 19, 2011

The Poison that is Public Sector Unions

"The process of collective bargaining, as usually understood, cannot be transplanted into the public service," President Franklin D. Roosevelt wrote in 1937 to the head of the National Federation of Federal Employees. In the private sector, organized employees and the employer meet across the bargaining table as (theoretical) equals. But in the public sector, said FDR, "the employer is the whole people, who speak by means of laws enacted by their representatives in Congress." Allowing public-employee unions to engage in collective bargaining would mean opening the door to the manipulation of government policy by a privileged private interest.

FDR was right. Collective bargaining has no place in the public sector. It inevitably leads to abuse. Favoritism, undue influence, lack of transparency, manipulation of government policy, the relentless mulcting of the taxpayer—this is the poisoned fruit of turning government agencies into union shops. It goes without saying that public employees ought to be as free as anyone else to join professional associations and affinity organizations. They are certainly entitled to all the protections of the civil rights laws and of a reasonable civil service system. But labor unions should have no right of exclusive representation in any government workplace and no right to negotiate wages and benefits with public officials who crave their votes and political support.

The above was written by someone other than myself but it sums up my views succinctly. There is more though.  In 1943, a New York Supreme Court judge held:
To tolerate or recognize any combination of civil service employees of the government as a labor organization or union is not only incompatible with the spirit of democracy, but inconsistent with every principle upon which our government is founded. Nothing is more dangerous to public welfare than to admit that hired servants of the State can dictate to the government the hours, the wages and conditions under which they will carry on essential services vital to the welfare, safety, and security of the citizen. To admit as true that government employees have power to halt or check the functions of government unless their demands are satisfied, is to transfer to them all legislative, executive and judicial power. Nothing would be more ridiculous.
 And look today at what has happened - an entrenched group of people, demanding your money, but who work for you threatening to shut off essential services to you and your children after deliberately conspiring with politicians whom they helped elect to avoid imposing fiscal sanity that you wanted done via your vote.

In short, the public sector unions are doing nothing more than acts of sedition and treason against their fellow citizens by their actions in Wisconsin. Further, the president of the United States is engaged in an act of sedition, which is impeachable, for his intervention in a sovereign state matter.

This is what the end of empire looks like - leeches sucking your blood and refusing to even let you remove the leech, all the while proclaiming (LIES!) that it is for the "good of the children" while their actions directly harm the very children they claim to protect. The stinking, foul, gross hypocrisy of the public sector unions and the Democrats in Wisconsin is further evidence of why this nation will go down in flames. And have no doubts whatsoever, the things the public unions are demanding in Wisconsin are mathematically impossible to support short of turning your children, your grandchildren, and their children all into perpetual slaves to debt. This is what the public sector unions really want - eternal debt slavery to anyone not in their union.

The line is drawn in the sand, folks. It's time to end public unions entirely.