Beware of right-wingers bearing quotes!
Here's the background:
There is a quote from FDR that has been making the rounds of right-wing blogs over the past two weeks. As you can see from the quote below, those of the right-wing bent believe that FDR himself did not believe in public unions.
FDR continues, after the lines quoted above:
"Since their own services have to do with the functionin
g of the Government , 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 unthinkabl e and intolerabl e. It is, therefore, with a feeling of gratificat ion that I have noted in the constituti on of the National Federation of Federal Employees the provision that "under no circumstan ces shall this Federation engage in or support strikes against the United States Government ."
te the National Federation of Federal Employees the twentieth anniversar y of its founding and trust that the convention will, in every way, be successful ."
As you can see, while FDR did not support strikes by government
al workers. He did not oppose collective bargaining for federal employees; he said it can't be transplant ed "as usually understood ".
The letter taken in its entirety has a completely different message than the sentences taken out of context by those who are trying to prove a point, whether or not that point is valid.
The lesson is clear: Any of us who consider ourselves Progressive need to meet lies with Truth, we need to refuse to let misrepresentations stand unanswered.
Please note the discussion in the comments below. FDR said that he did not support collective bargaining for public servants "as usually understood." We have no idea as to what kind of collective bargaining he might support.