F.D.R. and George Meany Give Governor Walker the Thumbs Up

The justification for labor unions is that they provide a power base to force industrial firms to give workers more of the profits they help create. Government workers don't generate profits. They merely negotiate for more tax money. When government unions strike, they strike against taxpayers. F.D.R. considered this "unthinkable and intolerable." 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. George Meany, President of the AFL-CIO from its inception in 1955 to 1979, maintained that the interests of organized labor were not served by big government or the nationalization of industry and that it was "impossible" to bargain collectively with the...(Read Full Post)