View Full Version : TSA employees can vote on union representation, labor board rules

11-18-2010, 05:09 PM
By Joe Davidson

In a significant victory for federal employee unions, the Federal Labor Relations Authority decided Friday that Transportation Security Administration staffers will be allowed to vote on union representation.

The decision clears the way for a campaign by the government's two largest labor organizations, the American Federation of Government Employees and the National Treasury Employees Union, to represent some 50,000 transportation security officers.

"It is no secret that the morale of the TSO workforce is terrible as a result of favoritism, a lack of fair and respectful treatment from many managers, poor and unhealthy conditions in some airports, poor training and testing protocols and a poor pay system," said AFGE President John Gage. "The morale problems are documented by the government's own surveys. TSOs need a recognized union voice at work, and the important decision of the FLRA finally sets the process in motion to make that right a reality."

Even as the unions gear up their bidding to represent a large block of workers, labor leaders continue to press the administration to grant collective bargaining rights for the officers and to push legislation that also would do that.

"We will redouble our continuing efforts to win for TSA employees the right to bargain a contract before an election is concluded," said NTEU President Colleen M. Kelley. "That will be the best path to significant improvements in their work lives."

TSA employees have already joined both unions, but the workers do not have collective bargaining rights. The election, which Gage said may be held early next year, will allow the employees to decide which of the two labor organizations will be the employees' exclusive representative.

"We are ready for an election, and we expect to win it," Kelley said.

AFGE has made similar declarations.

This is in direct violation of the law that authorized the creation of the TSA. But, it doesn't matter, since Obama put Craig Becker, former counsel for SEIU on the NLRB in a recess appointment after his nomination was defeated in the Senate.

All 41 Senate Republicans wrote Obama this week urging him not to use a recess appointment for Becker, a former top lawyer with Service Employees International Union and the AFL-CIO, whose nomination was rejected by the Senate last month, 52-43.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce also wrote Obama on behalf of 20 business groups that opposed Becker’s nomination and decried the recess appointment.

This recess appointment disregards the Senate’s bipartisan rejection of Craig Becker’s nomination to the NLRB,” Chamber Vice President Randel Johnson said in a written statement.

“Overriding the will of the Senate and providing this special interest payback contradicts the president’s claim to change the tone in Washington,” he said. “The business community should be on red alert for radical changes that could significantly impair the ability of America’s job creators to compete.” http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2010/03/27/obama-makes-recess-appointments-vacant-administration-posts/

So, not only can TSA employees violate our Fourth Amendment rights, and subject us to invasive searches that would get anyone else marked for life as a sex offender, but they will be protected by union rules and lawyers when you object.

11-18-2010, 05:14 PM
This will end up being a complete disaster.

11-18-2010, 05:16 PM
This will end up being a complete disaster.

Then it will fit in nicely with the rest of the Obama administration.

11-18-2010, 07:48 PM
If they succeed I, for one, will feel better about flying.
If they become typical government union employees they will just go through the motions and never lay a hand on anyone.

11-18-2010, 08:38 PM
Reason #397 to never fly again.

11-18-2010, 09:16 PM
Oh goodie! Now the Brown shirts are unionizing. This is going to turn out well.:rolleyes:

11-18-2010, 09:26 PM
If they succeed I, for one, will feel better about flying.
If they become typical government union employees they will just go through the motions and never lay a hand on anyone.

No, they'll grope and fondle with impunity. Ever try to get a pedophile teacher fired? These guys will be out of control without any means of firing them for misconduct.