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• State of the Union August 16, 1937
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Administration Policy Reading your letter of July 14, 1937, I was especially interested in the timeliness of your remark that the manner in which the
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traditions of public employee relationships." Organizations of Government employees have a logical place in Government
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policy, is basically no different from that of employees in private industry. Organization on their part to present their views on such matters is both natural
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Particularly, I want to emphasize my conviction that militant tactics have no place in the functions of any organization of Government employees. Upon
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conduct of Government activities. This obligation is paramount. Since their own services have to do with the functioning of the Government, a strike of
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public employees manifests nothing less than an intent on their part to prevent or obstruct the operations of Government until their demands are satisfied.
Such action, looking toward the paralysis of Government by those who have sworn to support it, is unthinkable and intolerable. It is, therefore, with a
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I congratulate the National Federation of Federal Employees the twentieth anniversary of its founding and trust that the convention will, in every way, be

Very sincerely yours,

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