Would FDR Have Fought For Public Sector Unions?

As Ontario prepares for another provincial election I thought I’d post something I came across from an article I’m reading by Daniel DiSalvo in the National Affairs on pubic sector unionism. When examining the damage that public sector unions have done to state budgets, DiSalvo included this gem about liberal favourite, Franklin Delano Roosevelt:

Even President Franklin Roosevelt, a friend of private-sector unionism, drew a line when it came to government workers: “Meticulous attention,” the president insisted in 1937, “should be paid to the special relations and obligations of public servants to the public itself and to the Government….The process of collective bargaining, as usually understood, cannot be transplanted into the public service.” The reason? F.D.R. believed that “[a] strike of public employees manifests nothing less than an intent on their part to 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.” (HT: Washington Examiner).