Unions aren't contrary to National Security
I AM A UNION rep in the Forest Service, representing employees in many of
your National Forests and Grasslands. One very scary thing that is going
on right now for Unions in the Federal sector is the "National Security
Personnel System" which largely guts bargaining rights for unions in the
Federal sector (we don't have much now, and this takes even more away).
The rationale is that collective bargaining and unions are contrary to
national security. This is VERY scary stuff for Federal employees, but it
should be equally scary to others. If the employees aren't protected while
they are serving the public, then I guarantee that the public will be
served much more poorly.... One Federal Union was screaming a year before
Katrina that FEMA was being decimated... at least they were trying to get
someone to fix the problem. Furthermore, if unions in the federal
government are a hazard to national security, how far of a leap do you
think it is to say that having fire fighters, police officers, hospital
staff, etc. in unions is a bad idea for national security reasons? I think
it is not so far to go.
Recently, the government tried to say that IMPORT INSPECTORS in the USDA
should not be allowed to be unionized for national security reasons.
Fortunately, the Federal Labor Relations Authority (equivalent to the NLRB
in private sector) ruled that the import inspectors have the right to
I am sure this will not be the last time we hear about workers being denied
the right to organize and bargain due to national security reasons....
Even though you are not a Federal employee, as a worker in the US, you
should be VERY worried about this trend.
NFFE Forest Service Council
One Gifford Pinchot Dr.
Madison, WI 53726