Walker Proposes Eliminating Federal Employee Unions


Wisconsin Governor and presidential hopeful Scott Walker says that if he is elected president he will eliminate federal employee unions. It sounds like a good idea to me, it would be nice to see this at the local level, too.

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Walker detailed his proposal in a guest post at Hot Air. He laid out all that is wrong with federal employee unions and why they aren’t even necessary.

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As president, I will work with Congress to prohibit federal employee unions because it’s the right thing for workers, taxpayers and the future of the American government. I have no illusions that this effort will be easy. Opponents will say that we’re robbing federal workers of their rights and workplace protections. Nothing could be further from the truth. Total compensation for federal employees is already 30 to 40 percent higher than their civilian counterparts and they already enjoy strong workplace protections and high job security rates.

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The vast majority of federal workers do an outstanding job and deserve our appreciation and protection, which they will receive under a Walker administration. But taxpayers deserve the same thing.

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Read the whole thing. IBD weighed in on the plan, and reiterated how former President Franklin D. Roosevelt, a liberal legend, was against public sector unions, and so was a powerful union boss.

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This is hardly as radical as it might sound. Federal workers only gained the ability to unionize in 1962, and even liberals like FDR understood the reason.

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“Meticulous attention should be paid to the special relations and obligations of public servants to the public itself,” FDR said in 1937. “The process of collective bargaining, as usually understood, cannot be transplanted into the public service.”

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AFL-CIO President George Meany made the same point in 1955, saying that “it is impossible to bargain collectively with government.”

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The reason: Unions are ostensibly meant to balance the equation between profit-making companies and workers. But in the public sector, unions are bargaining with politicians who can simply spend other people’s money to meet their demands.

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“Industrial unions are organized against the might and greed of ownership,” liberal columnist Joe Klein once wrote. “Public employees unions are organized against the might and greed … of the public?”(Read More)

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It’s a shame candidates like Walker aren’t getting more air time. Maybe if Walker makes fun of an opponent’s outfit or hair he’ll make the news and can slip in a few words about policy.

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Update: Here’s Walker talking about his “Power to the People” plan at a Nevada town hall.

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