The Sweet Irony of the TSA's Union BattleSubmitted by Marc Clair on Tue, 06/25/2013 - 18:05
It’s been a relatively slow news week as far as TSA stories go. There were no reports of any 15 year-old girls or 7 foot tall wookies being harassed. I believe I may have uncovered a reason for this. The TSA agents may have found themselves too busy embroiled in a battle over their union contract, only recently agreed upon in January of this year, which they claim the TSA has already been violating.
Steve Strunsky of the Star Ledger reports:
Morale among the nation’s 45,000 airport screeners got a boost in January after their new union and the Transportation Security Administration reached the agency’s first collective bargaining agreement since the agency’s creation a decade ago in response to 9/11.
But since then, the American Federation of Government Employees union says, TSA management has violated terms of the agreement involving performance evaluations, vacation time, dress code and other areas, sending morale back on a downward trajectory.
The morale of the American traveling public has been on a downward trajectory ever since Transportation Security Agency was formed to take control of the nation’s airport security in 2002. Now that TSA agents are having the terms of their agreement with the TSA violated, perhaps more will recognize that they are actively violating an agreement the U.S. government supposedly has with the American people, that pesky 4th Amendment. Hopefully some of these agents can find some free time between genital gropings and union meetings to give it a read.