The dangerous growth of public-sector unions

The president who finally did give public unions their modern powers was John F. Kennedy. In 1962, Kennedy signed Executive Order 10988, which allowed collective bargaining and gave unions other powers.

The same year Kennedy also gave public-sector unions a tool to justify higher wages by signing the Salary Reform Act of 1962, which established that there be “comparability” of public-sector pay to pay in the private sector.

Amity Shlaes says states will have to dial down pensions for Police, firefighters and teachers