Bargaining would not be allowed on security policies, procedures or the deployment of security personnel or equipment, pay, pensions and any form of compensation, proficiency testing, job qualifications or discipline standards.
Now here's a TSA press release:
Determination prohibits bargaining on any topics that might affect security, such as * Security policies, procedures or the deployment of security personnel or equipment * Pay, pensions and any form of compensation * Proficiency testing * Job qualifications * Discipline standards
Here's the New York Times:
The Transportation Security Administration announced on Friday that a union would be allowed to bargain over working conditions... although certain issues like pay will not be subject to negotiation.
The paper... precludes negotiations on security policies, pay, pensions and compensation, proficiency testing, job qualifications and discipline standards.
This is roughly as blatant a bait-and-switch as can be pulled. When unionization was being debated, TSA described it one way. After it happened, the agency implemented it in a totally different way.
When it mattered, TSA insisted that you'd have to be an idiot not to see that bargaining over pay and performance would be explicitly prohibitedit said so right there! Now that it's too late to roll things back, the new contract completely changes how pay is linked to performance and testing.
It's almost difficult to understand why no one trusts the agency, huh?
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