Right to Work Leader Calls for Police Unions to be Reformed

In an appearance before KUSI News on June 19, 2020, National Right to Work President Mark Mix expressed his opposition to monopoly bargaining power for government union bosses.

Namely, police unions.

Mix declared that “FDR was right when he described the union bargaining process as incompatible with public service.”

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The National Right to Work leader added that “Union bargaining in the government sector is inherently anti-democratic because it forces elected officials to “negotiate” over public policy with a special interest group whose aims are frequently in direct opposition to the public’s interests.”

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In his view, these kinds of arrangements shield “government workers, including police officers and teachers among others who betray the public’s trust from facing accountability.”

Mix called attention to a piece of pro-public sector union legislation that is currently moving in Congress:

It is frankly shocking that even as so much of the public’s attention is squarely on police misconduct and the role police union bosses play in perpetuating that misconduct, there remains significant support in Congress for legislation (H.R. 1154/S.1394 ) that would impose union monopoly bargaining powers on all public safety officers nationwide by federal fiat, even in places where local and state government officials come to the correct conclusion that such government-granted bargaining powers are, as FDR recognized, contrary to the public’s interest. We call on the many cosponsors of the Police and Fire Monopoly Bargaining Act to repudiate their support for this expansion of union boss power over public safety workers.

Instead of resorting to destructive propaganda and even blatant acts of violence against the police, more sensible measures would include questioning the influence of police unions and implementing common sense reforms that allow police to do their job and root out bad apples before they completely sully police units.

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