That wasnt Newt Gingrich, or Ron Paul, or Ronald Reagan talking. That was George Meany -- the former president of the A.F.L.-C.I.O -- in 1955. Government unions are unremarkable today, but the labor movement once thought the idea absurd. The founders of the labor movement viewed unions as a vehicle to get workers more of the profits they help create. Government workers, however, dont generate profits. They merely negotiate for more tax money. When government unions strike, they strike against taxpayers. F.D.R. considered this unthinkable and intolerable. Then this F.D.R. Warned Us About Public Sector Unions - Room for Debate - NYTimes.com F.D.R. Warned Us About Public Sector Unions - Room for Debate - NYTimes.com Even one of Unions Biggest Hero's and Supporters, FDR himself. Understood that government Employee Unions were are entirely Different Story than Private Sector Unions.