If the TSA Unionizes, Will They Be As Keen to Screen?
June 17, 2010 at 1:30 PM
Now that the TSA is doing such a great job keeping us safe, some officers are looking for a little bit of job security. They’re already government employees so we bet they get sweet benefits, but things could get even better for them if they are allowed to unionize.
This is probably a touchy subject due to different opinions on organized labor and hinging on which side of the political fence you call home, but it’s an idea that has been tossed around, so someone is serious. John Pistole is up for a position to head the TSA—tough job, that is—and has apparently been asked to look into the idea of allowing airport screeners to start a union.
Republicans want the TSA nominee to say no way to this idea, as they argue that unionizing could hinder the TSA officers' ability to respond in times of emergency. They have a point there.
We obviously want fair pay for all and all that junk—as well as an awesome amount of paid time off—but we also fear the idea of a security strike. Seriously, could you imagine the TSA walking off the job? We just see too much possibility of further delay and drama if union rules come into the picture.
· TSA Nominee Faces Questions About Unionizing Airport Screeners [CNN]
· TSA Takes the Next Steps with 'Secure Flight' Rules [Jaunted]
· Airport Security coverage [Jaunted]