Skip to comments.Public unions should be curbed, says right to work defender
Posted on 08/23/2011 4:11:56 PM PDT by Miami Vice
Should public sector unions be curbed? Is it time to end the ability of governmental employees to form unions?
Raymond La Jeunesse, Jr., vice president and legal director of the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation, believes so.
La Jeunesse, who has more than 40 years experience helping employees litigate against compulsory unionism - including arguing four cases
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Public employee unions should be outlawed.
It is nothing but organized crime.
I’ve NEVER understood why “public employees” HAD to unionize. I can see the reason behind private unions. But there has always been the need for public employees like cops, firemen, postal workers, and teachers. They would always be paid/needed no matter what.
Did you read what LeJeunesse said?
Who funds unions?
I just got off the phone with someone whose 23 year old son is in a union. I think it’s mechanics. He’s been in for about 8 months. He is being sent to Florida for this upcoming hurricane. The pay is outrageous (to me). The kid is being paid 24/7 with free meals and extras from the time he leaves Syracuse. He’ll be making more in the next few weeks than many make in a year. (His take home weekly pay right now is more than what I make in one month) Now it will triple. He will get paid whether he works or not. In a few months he will get a raise. I became so disgusted I stopped listening to the details. I truly feel that the kid is being paid just for being alive.
So where do the unions get money to pay their workers?
President Franklin D. Roosevelt, the patron saint of the American labor movement, was a man of strong character. One has to look no further than the heroic way he coped with his crippling polio. This dreadful disease undoubtedly made him the consummate realist.
For example, although he had a lock on labor’s vote, he expressed caution about public sector unions. In a little-known letter he wrote to the president of the National Federation of Federal Employees in 1937, 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.”
The NLRA should be repealed pro tanto and all unions converted to garden variety services partnerships and the members all to partners, subject to all of the laws and rules regarding partnerships and partners. That would put them on an equal footing with the businesses they negotiate with for the first time, ever.