Republicans want documents on move to unionize TSA screeners

Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, February 10, 2011

House Republicans opposed to the Obama administration's decision to allow limited collective bargaining for airport screeners have told the Transportation Security Administration to provide a congressional committee with documents related to that decision.

In a letter Wednesday to TSA Administrator John S. Pistole, Reps. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) and Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) said that despite Pistole's pledge that TSA "'will not negotiate on security,' it appears many of the employment conditions subject to collective bargaining have a direct impact on the quality of airport security."

Issa and Chaffetz are chairmen, respectively, of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform and its subcommittee on national security, homeland defense and foreign operations.

The request includes communications between TSA and federal labor unions and documents related to airport security and Pistole's decision on bargaining rights.

In a related matter, the election period when transportation security officers can choose between two unions, the National Treasury Employees Union and the American Federation of Government Employees, to represent them is March 9 to April 19. "No union" also will be an option.

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