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House members weigh alternate paths to TSA bargaining rights

Old Jul 20, 07, 7:01 pm
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House members weigh alternate paths to TSA bargaining rights

Source: GovExec.com
Last week, Senate Democrats agreed to strip language from the bill that would have granted bargaining rights to TSA screeners. Senate Republicans had requested assurances that the measure would not grant screeners such rights, largely because President Bush has threatened to veto the bill, citing the TSA provision.

"We don't see it as an issue to national security that TSA workers have the right to bargain," Thompson said. He added, however, that conferees view the TSA issue with reluctance, especially if its inclusion means the entire bill would falter. He said there has been some discussion with the Senate as to whether there is another way to get at the collective bargaining issue.
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Old Jul 21, 07, 12:06 am
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Just posted a comment. Hopefully it'll be number 2. It'll have a flyertalkesque ring to it, but you can definitely tell it won't be from Spiff.
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Old Jul 21, 07, 7:48 am
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Just posted a comment. Hopefully it'll be number 2. It'll have a flyertalkesque ring to it, but you can definitely tell it won't be from Spiff.
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Old Jul 21, 07, 10:35 am
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Still not up 4 hours later either.

Pretty much I said that TSA shouldn't get collective bargaining and be allowed to unionize because they're already unaccountable. Unions would make them untouchable. If we think it's bad at the airport now ...
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Old Jul 21, 07, 1:37 pm
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Pretty much I said that TSA shouldn't get collective bargaining and be allowed to unionize because they're already unaccountable. Unions would make them untouchable. If we think it's bad at the airport now ...
How long was Reagan in office before he threatened to fire striking ATCs? (And then acted on it??)
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Old Jul 21, 07, 1:42 pm
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Reagan fired striking ATC's. NOBODY is going to fire shirking Screeners. The ones with attitude just keep getting to push us around.
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Old Jul 21, 07, 2:15 pm
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Originally Posted by Dresden View Post
Reagan fired striking ATC's.
Which is exactly what I just said.

Perhaps I was being too subtle. What I was getting at was, how long was it from the time a new occupant took up residence in the White House until the time said CoC fired a warning shot across the bow of a unionized workforce, and then again until he pulled the trigger. (Answer: 6-1/2 months, and then 2 days respectively.)

NOBODY is going to fire shirking Screeners. The ones with attitude just keep getting to push us around.
Sometimes history nicely repeats itself.

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