But Rep. Bennie Thompson of Mississippi, the ranking Democrat on the Homeland Security Committee, welcomed Mr. Pistole’s comments.
“Collective-bargaining rights can actually enhance workforce productivity, morale, and TSAs mission without diminishing our security. TSA made that determination when the issue was studied. There was a decision, there was an election, there was a winner. Its a settled matter,” said Mr. Thompson, whose panel oversees the TSA’s parent agency.