Last updated on: 5/4/2020 8:25:30 AM PST
Should Public Sector Employees Have the Right to Unionize?
The National Labor Relations Act, signed in 1935 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, gave many private sector employees the right to form labor unions and engage in collective bargaining. Since the act excluded public sector (government) employees, about 21 million government employees currently have no federal right to unionize. FDR allegedly believed that private sector employees were more in need of union protection because they were more likely to be exploited by for-profit companies.
Source: Alexia Fernández Campbell, "Government Workers Don't Have a Federal Right to Unionize. Democrats Want to Change That.," vox.com. June 25, 2020
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