Unions were formed in order to win for employees some of the profits they helped create, but unions were meant for the private sector because public unions don’t create profits. George Meany, former AFL-CIO President in the ’50’s, said you can’t bargain collectively with the government.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt expanded unions during his long administration but they were private sector unions. He did not approve of public sector unions.
FDR said, “The process of collective bargaining, as usually understood, cannot be transplanted into the public service…Yes, public workers may demand fair treatment, but I want to emphasize my conviction that militant tactics have no place” in the public sector…A strike of public employees manifests nothing less than an intent on their part to prevent or obstruct the operations of Government.”
Governments have no competition and higher wages and benefits are unavoidable. Guaranteed employment regardless of performance is also unavoidable.
Collective bargaining, which mandates the withdrawal of union dues from employee paychecks, is a major problem because the money is used to support the political party that will do their bidding. Public sector unions corrupt the political process. They force government and public sector unions to form a symbiotic relationship with each dependent on the other.
According to the NY Post, since the Wisconsin win by Governor Walker who took on unions collective bargaining “rights,” “600 bills have been introduced in state capitals to curb union bargaining power.”