The American City Volume 21

The American City Volume 21

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1919 edition. Excerpt: ...which they perform their duties. This is recognized by the Commissioners of the District of Columbia in their deliberately worded statement: "They approve heartily of the principle of collective bargaining, and they welcome the organization of members of the police force for purposes of collective representation, mutual support and organized effort to increase their salaries or improve their working conditions." 2. The right to affiliate with a nationally organized labor body.--On this point the Commissioners of the District of Columbia are equally definite: "They must withhold their consent from any project to connect such an organization of members of the Police Department with any other labor organization. "The fact that the policeman's union (in Washington) is bound by a 'no-strike' provision is an earnest of the intention of its members not to resort to a strike as a weapon of compelling its demands, but if it be affiliated with other organizations which do contemplate the use of a strike in an emergency, every member of the police force who is a member of the union would be liable to the charge, however falsely made, of favoritism in the performance of duty in the event of industrial trouble involving the organization with which it is affiliated." A policeman is morally obligated by his oath of office to assist in the preservation of law and order. As such, it is inconceivable that he could serve two masters, one of which, by its very nature, must ever represent, not all the people, but a class. A police department cannot fulfill its duty to the public if its members are subject, even to the slightest degree, to the direction of an organization outside the department not responsible to the public. The...
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  • Paperback
  • 189 x 246 x 19mm | 626g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236849299
  • 9781236849298