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Public Employee Right to Strike

May 30, 1985

I see that the poverty of judicial intelligence often displayed by the majority of our current California Supreme Court has again manifested itself in their recent decision to uphold the right of a public employee union to call a strike against the people's government.

It does not take a lawyer to know that a public employee union is organized and operated for the principal purpose of enhancing the financial welfare of its members, employees and officers. It is, in effect, exactly as is a public utility, another monopoly, organized and operated for the principal purpose of enhancing the financial welfare of its stockholders, employees and officers.

Is Rose Elizabeth Bird and company going to deny gas service to the public just because it does not agree with a rate ruling handed down by the state Public Utilities Commission? I doubt it.

Furthermore, if a group of lowly taxpayers organize and defy their government by refusing to part with the sweat of their brows in the form of taxes needed to pay these monopolist union public employees their rather goodly wages, benefits and pensions, is Rose Bird and company going to protect them from jail and seizure of their hard-earned assets by this government? I doubt it.

Rose Bird is reported to claim that this decision updates the law into the 20th Century. In fact, it takes the law back to the 19th Century and before when those who controlled monopolies could respond to public complaints about their abuses of power as Vanderbilt did with his infamous statement, "Let the Public Be Damned." Yuk.

ROBERT H. SHERWOOD

Hemet

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