Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Unions and TSA #2629 - Napolitano Wants to Unionize TSA Employees Despite Safety Concerns - Washington Examiners

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano hasn't exactly inspired confidence after proclaiming "the system worked" in response to the recent thwarted terrorist attack. A radical Islamic terrorist -- whose father had warned the U.S. embassy of his dangerous intentions -- smuggled explosives on board a flight into the U.S. and nearly detonated them. It was hardly a victory for Homeland Security. In fact, this paper called for her resignation this morning. Well, as if that weren't bad enough, Napolitano was already at work undermining security measures long before the most recent terrorist attacks. Over the weekend, Senator Jim DeMint, R-S.C., sounded the alarm about the Obama administration's attempts unionize Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) employees: The administration is intent in on unionizing and submitting our airport security to union bosses [and] collective bargaining, and this is at a time, as Senator Lieberman says, we've got to use our imagination got to be constantly flexible. We have to out think the terrorists. When we formed the airport security system we realize we could not use collective bargaining and unionization because of that need to be flexible. Yet that appears to be the top priority of the administration. Read more.......

Senate May Consider Bill Denying TSA Workers Collective Bargaining Rights - The Hill- The Senate on Monday could consider a controversial bill to deny TSA workers collective bargaining rights. Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) indicated Monday that the Senate would take up his legislation, which he said could come to the Senate floor as early as Tuesday morning. Senate consideration would come just days after Transportation Security Administration head John Pistole's Feb. 4 announcement that he would give TSA officers (such as airport screeners) some collective bargaining rights, including on issues such as scheduling. Wicker sees that decision as one that could pose a security risk, since it could impede TSA's ability to move personnel around in emergency situations. He also sees it as an effort by the Obama administration to reward Democrats. "Frankly, I think many observers would conclude that the current administration is intent on doling out rewards to campaign supporters, and therefore is moving to reverse this decade-old decision and allow for collective bargaining among TSA employees," Wicker said on the Senate floor. "I don't believe our country needs 50,000 TSA screeners to be part of a union, but the Obama administration does," he added.  Read more.......

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