NEW YORK: Unionized Cops?

In 1919, the never-ending American debate on public morals had on its agenda the question: Do policemen have a right to strike? More than 1,000 members of an A.F.L. policemen's union in Boston took the affirmative. Calvin Coolidge, then governor of Massachusetts, replied: "There is no right to strike against the public safety by anybody, anywhere, any time." He sent the state militia into Boston to restore order, and broke the strike. Overwhelmingly, the nation agreed with Coolidge, and the issue was as thoroughly settled as such questions ever are. Last week...

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