Collective Bargaining in the TSA
Well, travelers, the first shoe has fallen in the path toward union job actions shutting down U.S. airports. The pathetic leadership of the TSA has agreed to collective bargaining with airport screeners. Unbelievable. Does no one remember what happened when air traffic controllers were unionized? Those arrogant SOBs caused so many problems with air transport that President Reagan had to bust the union into oblivion in 1981.
The TSA claims that the screeners union (and there will be one) will not have the legal right to strike. Since when has that stopped a union from striking? Their was a federal law prohibiting strikes by air controllers, a law that was ignored. Teachers strike, nurses strike, everyone strikes, if they are in a union and want more money.
The TSA union members will try to be clever, of course. To start, they won’t actually “strike” to get what they want. They will call in sick, the scanners will have mysterious “breakdowns”, and many of us will suddenly become “suspicious travelers”, producing line-clogging body searches by union members with smirks on their faces.
Obama and his team are throwing a huge bone to organized labor. This is eventually going to cost all of us money, time, and missed flights. This why I must bestow on the TSA a “fool of finance” award.
Here is the link: TSA clears way for airport screeners to seek broader union rights