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Big Labor at the TSA
posted at November 13, 2012 4:47 PM EST
First: August 27, 2012
Last: June 19, 2013
President Barack Obama will leave no stone unturned when it comes to forcing workers under union-boss control.
Last week, for the first time ever, Transportation Security Administration (TSA) airport screeners ratified a monopoly bargaining agreement -- despite the inherent danger of subjecting our national security interests to union monopoly control and the crippling work rules and bureaucracy it brings.
You see, the executive branch has the authority to exempt federal workers from monopoly bargaining rules if the workers are part of national security or intelligence programs.
Current law automatically excludes employees of the FBI and CIA from union monopoly bargaining due to the extremely sensitive nature of work they do.
But in the rush to create the TSA in the months after the 9/11 terrorism attacks, the Bush Administration failed to extend that automatic policy to airport screeners despite warnings from your National Right to Work Committee.
Your Committee is also working to ensure that legislation to end monopoly bargaining at the TSA is introduced in the next session of Congress.
The Obama Administration took advantage of its discretionary authority as soon as it could -- all to pump yet more money into Big Labor's coffers.
TSA officials insist that airport screeners can't strike, and union bosses can't negotiate over vital security interests.
But American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) union bosses now yield monopoly bargaining powers over disciplinary actions, shift schedules, and other rules, which could prevent the TSA from making personnel adjustments when necessary.
Not only that, illegal strikes are all too common in the government sector -- union bosses know they can frequently demand and obtain amnesty from thin-skinned bureaucrats.
And as pro-Right to Work Senator Jim DeMint has warned, the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency provides a roadmap for what we can expect from the unionized TSA.
Biased arbitrators have forced the CBP to obtain union bosses' permission when reassigning personnel, and union bosses have fought tooth-and-nail against merely letting the CBP investigate officers accused of violence.
I'm sure you can predict how union bosses will react when passengers complain about harassment by TSA airport screeners abusing their authority.
Hidden payoffs to Big Labor in Obamacare. A radical federal labor board. And now a unionized TSA.
What other stones will Barack Obama turn over in the next four years?