Public-Sector Unions: from Wisconsin to America …

June 8th, 2012
in Op Ed

by Frank Li

walker-newspaper-headlineOn June 5th, in what was called “the second most important election this year”, the people of Wisconsin spoke out loud and clear: keep Governor Scott Walker (pictured left) in office!

What did Governor Walker do to deserve such a recall attempt? He offended the unions by curbing the rights of the public-sector unions! It was the right thing to do, not only for Wisconsin but also for America! For more, read: The whine from Wisconsin.

Follow up:

Unfortunately, such a clear-cut issue is not clear at all in America today, thanks to decades of practice of democratic socialism and brainwashing. Here is a good example: a publication (High stakes for Big Labor in Wisconsin recall vote) muddles the water from the title to the contents! Two notes:

(1) The private-sector workers can be correctly called “the laborers”. But the public-sector workers should not - They are the proud public “servants”!

(2) The unions should exist to protect the laborers, not to create a protected class of public employees who earn more and have vastly better benefits than their employers, the laborers!

  • For the private sector, unions are valid. I believe everything will work out by itself. For example, when the UAW became too big, it nearly killed the U.S. auto industry. Some correction has occurred, although the UAW is still too big today, in my opinion.
  • For the public sector, unions are not valid. Who are they unionized against? The laborers! More bluntly, the public-sector unions are more than socialistic - they are “totally communistic and must therefore go!” For more, read: American Democracy: What Went Wrong and When?



Here is an excerpt from a Letter from FDR Regarding Public-Sector Unions dated August 16, 1937:

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.

fdrThe 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.

Particularly, I want to emphasize my conviction that militant tactics have no place in the functions of any organization of Government employees.

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.


When and how did the public-sector unions, "the "unthinkable and intolerable", start in the U.S.? In 1961, thanks to President Kennedy (Executive Order 10988)!

Why did President Kennedy perpetrate such a communistic thing on America? For the sake of his re-election, most likely (10-Point Democracy Manifesto)!

Once again, an American President, be he President Kennedy or President Obama, served/serves, throughout his first term, for no purpose other than his own re-election, at all costs! For more, read: The American Presidency: Let’s Redefine It, Now!

Tolerable no more!

What Governor Walker did was significant: It was a small step to undo the devastating damage caused by President Kennedy, but a gigantic step against the demise of America (Diagnosis for America: Cancer!)!

Two messages out of Wisconsin are loud and clear:

  1. Wisconsin is not like France or Greece, which recently elected “socialists to fix the problems caused by socialism” (Ideology: Yet Another Similarity between Communism and Democracy).
  2. Democracy worked in this case!

Governor Walker, keep up the good work to save Wisconsin! It was a good start! Yes, divide and conquer, until they are all gone!

Governor Romney, heed my advice to win the most important election this year, in order to save America (An Open Letter to Mitt Romney)!



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About the Author

Frank LiFrank Li is the Founder and President of W.E.I. (West-East International), a Chicago-based import & export company. Frank received his B.E. from Zhejiang University (China) in 1982, M.E. from the University of Tokyo in 1985, and Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University in 1988, all in Electrical Engineering. He worked for several companies until 2004, when he founded his own company W.E.I. Today, W.E.I. is a leader in the weighing industry not only in products & services, but also in thought and action.

Dr. Li writes extensively and uniquely on politics, for which he has been called "a modern-day Thomas Jefferson"(see page 31).


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  1. Derryl Hermanutz says :

    FDR offered good logical reasons why the public sector should not be unionizable, but Frank clearly states the moral reason why public unions are "wrong":

    "(2) The unions should exist to protect the laborers, not to create a protected class of public employees who earn more and have vastly better benefits than their employers, the laborers!"

    Why should our employees be able to extort from us salaries and benefits that are not just equal to our own but far richer? Then they make it illegal for us to fire them, and they become so politically powerful that it becomes practically impossible to change the laws.

    I am sympathetic to the complaint that plutocrat-funded propaganda swung public opinion in Walker's favor. Extreme income and wealth inequality is destructive of America's continued prosperity when the masses of the population lack sufficient incomes to purchase the national output. But selectively elevating public sector workers' incomes at the expense of the beleaguered taxpayers who are paying their salaries and benefits is not a "fair" approach to solving this particular problem.



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