Last week, the Obama Administration and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced collective bargaining rights for TSA airport security screeners. Prior to this announcement, TSA screeners had the right to unionize, but not the ability to collectively bargain. This announcement follows a decision last month to end the highly successful TSA contract screening program, which allowed airports to opt to use certified private security screeners under TSA supervision and oversight. These two announcements show a clear signal that the Obama Administration plans to push more for labor unions that were so pivotal in his 2008 election. Below is Congressman Westmoreland’s statement regarding the announcement.
“Conceding to his union cronies, President Obama’s announcement to allow TSA screeners to negotiate over workplace issues could further jeopardize our country’s transportation system. Combating the very real risk to our national security requires a flexible workforce that can quickly respond to threats, and bargaining with labor unions is simply not compatible with that type of work. I’m extremely disappointed with the president’s announcement,” stated Westmoreland.