FDR NO COLLECTIVE BARGAINING
By: Edward P. Shallow
In his letter to the Resolution of Federation of Federal Employees against Strikes in Federal Service, dated August 16, 1937, the iconic stalwart of the Democratic Party Franklin D. Roosevelt made the the following declaration relative to collective bargaining and I quote:
“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 purpose 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 law, which establish policies, procedures, or rules in personnel matters.”
In his letter, it is clear Roosevelt did not consider denying workers bargaining rights as an assault to their freedom.
Douglas E. Schoen. In a masterful piece titled, “The Union Threat to the Democrats’ Future, (Wall Street Journal 1/20/11.
There is a crisis in state and municipal finance. That much is clear. What hasn’t been fully understood is that the fate of the Democratic Party is bound up in the resolution of that crisis.
In the November midterm elections, the Democratic Party lost its congressional majority. The far graver threat to the party is that its base is made up disproportionately of public-employee unions, liberals, trial lawyers and other special-interest groups.
The Wall Street Journal makes the meaningful point in their editorial, “A Union Education:”
The raucous Wisconsin debate over collective bargaining may be ugly at times, but it has been worth it for the splendid public education. For the first time in decades, Americans have been asked to look under the government unions that have long been on a collision course with taxpayers. Though it arrived in Madison first, this crack-up was inevitable.
Working class families are fleeing the Democratic Party en masse, a trend that is likely to continue if their own economic situation remains weak in the face of ever-higher taxes, deficits and debt. These working class voters see that public employees are continuing to receive benefits that are more generous and enjoy grater job security than they are. Support for the Democratic Party is now well below 40% with working class voters who are unionized, and as low as 33% with whites who are non-college educated.
By providing Democratic candidates, the bulk of their funding, public unions essentially bought control of the party. This is particularly true when it comes to the politicians who control union contracts and pensions at the state and municipal level.
Current AFL-CIO chief Rich Trumka has tried to portray Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s reforms as an attack on all unions, but the clearly are not. If anything, be reining in public union power, Mr. Walker is trying to protect private workers of all stripes from the tax increase that will eventually have to finance larger government. Regarding public finances, the interests of public union workers and those of private union taxpayers are in direct conflict. Mr. Walker is the better friend of the union manufacturing workers in Oshkosh than is Mr. Trumka.
Democratic leaders are going to have to make hard choices where public employee pension systems are directly responsible for bringing treasuries to the brink of bankruptcy after years of reckless spending.
You have to ask yourself, if I knew about and obtained a copy of FDR’s letter of 1937, that the mainstream media had an obligation to inform we the people of this vital revelation, instead chose their usual deception to remain loyal to the liberal establishment, without regard to the conseqences.