In our opinion: No secret bargaining

Deseret News

President Franklin Delano Roosevelt warned about the pitfalls inherent to public sector unions and their relationship with the people their members are employed to serve.

“Since their own services have to do with the functioning of the government, a strike of public employees manifests nothing less than intent on their part to prevent or obstruct the operations of government until their demands are satisfied,” he noted. “Such action, looking toward the paralysis of government by those who have sworn to support it, is unthinkable and intolerable.”

Unthinkable, intolerable, and inevitable.

In several states, including Utah, such unions are free to pursue the “unthinkable and intolerable course” feared by President Roosevelt and strike without consequence. Too often, paralysis of government, or the threat of the same, becomes just another bargaining chip.

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