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WASHINGTON (AP) — The government will grant collective bargaining rights to the nation’s 40,000 airport screeners, the head of the largest federal workers union said Friday.

John Gage, president of the American Federation of Government Employees, told The Associated Press he was informed of the decision at a meeting with John Pistole, head of the Transportation Security Administration.

TSA workers have tried for nearly a decade to win the same union protections as other federal employees, but Republican opponents have balked over worries that union demands could jeopardize national security or slow response times in a crisis.

Union officials call those arguments an insult to the hundreds of thousands of public safety officers that already have collective bargaining rights, including Border Patrol agents, firefighters and the Capitol police.

“Today marks the recognition of a fundamental human right for 40,000 patriotic federal employees who have been disenfranchised since the inception of the agency,” Gage said.

Pistole had spent months studying the unionization issue since he was confirmed to the post in June. The move comes just days after Pistole said the agency would not hire private contractors to screen airline passengers, despite calls to do so from some Republican lawmakers and frustrated passengers.

When the agency was created in 2001, it was excluded from regulations that give other federal workers the right to union protections. The law gave the TSA administrator the authority to decide whether collective bargaining should be allowed, and under the administration of President George W. Bush it was always prohibited.

President Barack Obama had pledged to get the screeners collective bargaining rights during his campaign. But the effort was delayed after Obama’s first two choices to run the agency dropped out during their confirmation processes.

Earlier this week, Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss, offered an amendment to the FAA authorization bill that would bar the screeners from gaining union rights.

“Burdensome and costly union demands could limit the ability of those responsible for security at some of the most high-risk targets to do their job,” Wicker said. “The FBI, the CIA and the Secret Service do not have collective bargaining rights for good reason.”

The Federal Labor Relations Authority has already set union elections at the TSA to begin in early March. TSA employees will choose between AFGE and the National Treasury Employees Union for representation.

AFGE already has more than 12,000 dues-paying members among the screeners’ ranks, but the union has not been allowed to bargain on behalf of its members.

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/its-official-tsa-granted-fundamental-human-right-to-unionize/
 

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Great, now they'll work even slower.
Either that, or they'll go on strike and we won't have to go through the screenings. Problem solved.
 

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Either that, or they'll go on strike and we won't have to go through the screenings. Problem solved.
An additional benefit being they would not get paid for that time on strike thus saving lots o' money too. :thumbsup: Nobody feels on my junk but my wife. :rolling:
 

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and yet to think I thought we were trying to control and reduce govt spending...now with another 40k union members....
 

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SFO is a Cat-X airport using private unionized screeners. No issues of note in the last 10 years.
 

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until its time for their first collective barganing agreement :rolling:
Been almost 10 years. They have had 3. 4th is due next year. None make the news, because it is a non story.

HOWEVER, all it takes for the union system to get out of hand is for the 'company' or 'union' position to become unreasonable in some way. Then it falls apart. If there is a balance, then it is the best system in existence.
 

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Another small result of Obama being president. Every decision made favors strengthening unions - and screw the taxpayers and travelling public.
 

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Another small result of Obama being president. Every decision made favors strengthening unions - and screw the taxpayers and travelling public.
How? How can you say that a unionized TSA will be worse? There are a lot of benefits to a unionized screening staff. Did you know that the TSA screeners are one of a VERY small handful of 'excepted' divisions in the government? Worse yet, they don't meet the rules set for declaring a division as excepted.

Meh. It all depends on the relationship between the screening managrs and the screeners. We'll see where the demands land. Heck, this might be a part of the 'privatize the TSA' plan. Let unions ruin the screening so they can be replaced with underpaid twits like before.
 

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The original intent of unions was to offset the greed of private industries who would put worker welfare far below profit. Government workers don't work for a profit making entity. Every time they gain, taxpayers lose. Government has an incentive to treat workers well enough to keep them from leaving. These days, unions are merely a political arm of the Democratic Party. I personally do not want to pay higher taxes to buy votes for the Democrats. If unions had shown any propensity for being bipartisan in the past, I might feel differently. But basically, they reward the politicians who grant them these favors by delivering a solid bloc of Democratic votes. And even though I'm a Republican, I get to help pay for the purchase of those Democratic votes.
 

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Managers abuse workers in all walks of life. Some for profit. Others to keep under budget. Some just because they are jerks. Unions can help dampen this. Thay can also lead to huge legacy costs. So all sides need to be reasonable.
 

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The original intent of unions was to offset the greed of private industries who would put worker welfare far below profit. Government workers don't work for a profit making entity. Every time they gain, taxpayers lose. Government has an incentive to treat workers well enough to keep them from leaving. These days, unions are merely a political arm of the Democratic Party. I personally do not want to pay higher taxes to buy votes for the Democrats. If unions had shown any propensity for being bipartisan in the past, I might feel differently. But basically, they reward the politicians who grant them these favors by delivering a solid bloc of Democratic votes. And even though I'm a Republican, I get to help pay for the purchase of those Democratic votes.
:agree: Even the great progressive FDR said they were bad.. and that is saying something.
 
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