Bernie Sanders Campaign Now Proposing: Federal Employee Right to Strike.

Bernie Sanders Campaign Now Proposing: Federal Employee Right to Strike.

Democratic presidential candidate, Senator Bernie Sanders, announced this week he was unveiling a comprehensive plan to rally the American labor movement. Due to shrinking union membership, the labor movement has been in decline for decades. The heart of the plan would give federal employee unions the right to strike.

The 1947 Taft-Hartley Act placed a number of restrictions on strikes in both the private and public sectors. The act also banned federal employees from striking at all. In 1981 President Ronald Reagan terminated nearly 11,000 Air Traffic Controllers when the Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization defied the law.

The long-standing precedent would be reversed under the Sanders’ plan. Congress would have to pass legislation for the law to pass. Sanders believes the inability for employees to strike is causing them to be treated unfairly. The goal of Sander’s plan is to Sanders plan is to increase the number of unionized federal employees. The private sector is 20% of that in the public sector when it comes to union membership.

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