Franklin D. Roosevelt, who wrote in an Aug. 16, 1937 a letter to Luther Steward, the president of the National Federation of Public Employees"

“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 purposes 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.”

“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.”

Read the press conference here:
http://www.fdrlibrary.marist.edu/aboutfdr/pdfs/union_pressconf.pdf

Bob Kastigar
IBEW Local 1220, Chicago

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