Senate Republican Seeks To Block TSA
Collective Bargaining Rights
February 4, 2011 - The National Treasury Employees Union
(NTEU) on Thursday sent a letter to every member of the
Senate calling for defeat of an unwise amendment that
would exclude Transportation Security Administration
(TSA) employees from collective bargaining rights. The
amendment to the Federal Aviation Administration
authorization bill was to be offered by Sen. Roger
?The amendment is ill-advised on many fronts,? NTEU
President Colleen M. Kelley, wrote to senators. ?First,
the TSA Administrator has just finished a review of how
collective bargaining could be implemented at TSA,
keeping security of our traveling public uppermost in
?We should allow him to proceed. Second, the majority of the TSA workforce has expressed an interest in representation, and poor morale at TSA contributes to inefficiencies at the agency.?
the letter from President Kelley, NTEU members are reaching out
to their senators asking them to vote ?no? on the amendment.
In her letter, Kelley
pointed out that many federal employees charged with national
security responsibilities?Customs and Border Protection
Officers, Border Patrol Officers, Bureau of Prison
Guards?already have collective bargaining rights, while
excelling in their duties and fulfilling their agencies?
she said, there is no place in the federal workforce where there
exists a more dire need for collective bargaining than TSA.
Employees there labor under a system that has almost completely
demoralized them, contributing to one of the highest attrition
rates in the government, and high on-the-job injuries.
?Collective bargaining helps to develop fair, credible and
transparent processes without interfering with management rights
to accomplish agency missions,? Kelley wrote. ?We can strengthen
TSA by providing its workers with such processes, and with a
voice in the development of workplace quality standards that
will make the traveling public even safer.?
NTEU is leading the effort to secure such rights for them, working both with the administration and members of Congress on that issue. Under the law, Administrator Pistole has the right to issue a directive granting collective bargaining rights. NTEU is the largest independent federal union, representing more than 150,000 employees in 31 agencies and departments.
Wicker (R-Miss.), ?Nearly ten years after September 11, 2001, we must
remain mindful of the active threats to our nation,? said Wicker.
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