A Senate lawmaker wants to bar transportation security officers from collective bargaining rights, citing national security concerns.
Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., on Wednesday introduced the Termination of Collective Bargaining for Transportation Security Administration Employees Act, an amendment to Federal Aviation Administration authorization legislation that would prevent more than 40,000 TSA workers from being granted collective bargaining rights. The amendment also would strip those rights from more than 10,000 additional TSA employees who currently have them.
“Burdensome and costly union demands could limit the ability of those responsible for security at some of the most high-risk targets to do their job,” said Wicker. “The FBI, the CIA and the Secret Service do not have collective bargaining rights for good reason.”