HDR 121: The TSA and Unions – What, Me Worry?
ALOHA, ALL!! I spend a lot of time on airplanes. It’s mostly boring, sometimes stressful, and occasionally fun – mostly because of the people I meet along the way. For the most part, the TSA people are OK. In fact, right after 9/11 they were fantastic! But I’m not sure how much longer I’ll feel sympatico with them now that they plan to unionize. Just what we need…TSA agents able to strike and cause havoc in other ways at our already stressed airports. Check out what happened in Canada a few years ago, where airport screeners are unionized:
Canada, for example, collectively bargains with its airline screeners. During Thanksgiving of 2006, this union was dissatisfied with contract negotiations. To pressure management, the union instructed its members to hand search every piece of luggage. This caused long backups in the security lines and prevented many passengers from making their flights. To ease the backlog, managers allowed 250,000 passengers to board their plans without being screened. In the words of one Canadian security expert, “If terrorists had known that in those three days that their baggage wasn’t going to be searched, that would have been bad.” The government should not allow labor disputes to endanger passengers.
Brilliant. According to The Heritage Foundation, unionized TSA agents will swell the union roles by 45, 000 new members and $18 million a year in additional dues. Morning Bell: Putting Politics Over Security, Obama Moves to Unionize TSA P.S. And we can forget about airports privatizing their screening personnel. Check this out:
The move to unionize TSA was coupled with the unilateral decision by the Obama administration to “freeze” the Screening Partnership Program (SPP) which allows airports to privatize their security screening forces while maintaining federal rules and security methods. This move was necessary to prevent airports across the nation from rejecting the inefficient and costly consequences of unionization. This move is directly contrary to the Aviation and Transportation Security Act of 2001, which statutorily grants this ability to airports through TSA, and was made without congressional authorization.
Can’t wait to get on a plane again. Unions need to be crushed. Which brings me to the new Governor of Wisconsin, Scott Walker. WOO HOO!
Final Thought: “Labor unions would have us believe that they transfer income from rich capitalists to poor workers. In fact, they mostly transfer income from the large number of non-union workers to a small number of relatively well-off union workers.” ROBERT E. ANDERSON, Just Get Out of the Way
GOD BLESS AMERICA – PASS THIS ON – REMEMBER IN 2012!