TSA Unionized - Americans Screwed

How are those airport grope downs, naked body scanners, thefts and humiliation working out for ya at your local airport? Well, now you can not only feel safer when you fly, but you have the comfort of knowing that those "security professionals" of the Transportation Security Administration are federalized, but now they are also unionized.

On November 9, 2012 the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) issued a press release indicating that "Workers at the Transportation Security Administration made history today when they voted to ratify the first-ever collective bargaining agreement at the agency. The agreement between the American Federation of Government Employees and TSA was ratified with a vote of 17,326-1,774."

The AFGE represents over 650,000 employees of the federal government. It is the largest union for non-postal federal employees and the largest union for D.C. workers who report directly to the mayor.

Brian Koenig writes that the AFGE "coerces members to fork over between $14 and $16 out of each paycheck, providing the organization with up to $16 million more in revenue per year. Portions of this influx of money will go to subsidizing Democratic election campaigns and funding a number of liberal agendas."

Koenig went on to claim that the "union doled out $2 million on lobbying to the government largely to guarantee that federal employees get paid more to work less."

The Washington Times reported on the contract:

Under the new TSA contract, employees will win annual leave based not on their performance, but how long they’ve held on to the job. They’ll also be able to wear shorts when it’s hot, with the tab for the new wardrobe picked up by the taxpayers. House Transportation Committee Chairman John L. Mica, Florida Republican, blasted the deal for focusing on “tie tacks and tattoos” instead of issues that actually matter. Those tie tacks can’t exceed 1/2-inch in diameter and must be gold or silver in color. Tattoos must be covered by a sports sleeve or band that does not detract from the uniform. TSA must also provide office space for designated TSA union officials to work on union business at taxpayer expense.

The Washington Post reports,

In early 2011, TSA administrator John S. Pistole decided to allow bargaining, although over a more limited range of topics than those allowable for other federal employees eligible for union representation. AFGE meanwhile defeated NTEU for the right to represent a national bargaining unit of more than 40,000 workers.

In addition to revising the performance pay system, the three-year contract sets policies in areas including scheduling of shifts and vacation time, uniform allowances and dress codes. "The completion of today's agreement between TSA and AFGE is a milestone in our relationship with our workforce and AFGE," Pistole said in a statement. "Together, we will continue to secure our nation's transportation systems and keep the traveling public safe."

After over a decade of struggling for basic workplace rights, transportation security officers were finally given the opportunity to vote on a contract that ensures that their voice will be heard in the workplace. This contract will improve both morale and workplace conditions," said Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (Miss.), ranking Democrat on the House Homeland Security Committee.

With all of this being said, it has been demonstrated over and over just how ineffective the TSA is and how it is constantly infiltrated by illegals, thieves, and perverts. We have witnessed a waste of over $18 billion worth of "X-rated" body scanners with potentially harmful radiation effects upon people, invasion of privacy, and violations of the Fourth Amendment. But has the federal government addressed any of these concerns? No. Instead they are more concerned with making sure to continue a wasteful, unconstitutional program, unionize it, and funnel money into the coffers of lawmakers in order to re-elect Democrats and Republicans who support this nonsense, while at the same time making those unions very rich.

In the end, it's the American citizen that gets screwed.

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  • KG

    So ALL taxpayers pay the tax above, but it only goes to support the Democrats - that's fair!

  • KG

    What's this tax above that goes to only the Democrats??? Sounds like an illegal kickback to me....And most of the TSA workers have immigrant friends they can let pass...Now we feel safer...Right...

  • http://www.facebook.com/momchristo Cat Christodoulou

    I haven't flown in over 10 years. Don't plan on starting anytime in the future unless absolutely necessary.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1525054928 facebook-1525054928

    "Brian Koenig writes that the AFGE “coerces members to fork over between $14 and $16 out of each paycheck, providing the organization with up to $16 million more in revenue per year."
    did this math? 650,000 members- pay 15.00 per paycheck = $9,750,000 WEEKLY! *52 weeks is 507 BILLION DOLLARS not 16 million...

  • disqus_1NpdIFLVEv

    Realize that at TSA the pay is not all that great and we do pay our portion of taxes, we are not all thieves or perverts. Some are veterans who have served and continue serving God and Country. We are the focal point due to a few idiots is true, but the ones who come and do their jobs and don't waste tax payer money should not be to blame.

  • insaney

    Washing DC is just one big CLUSTER DUCK, with Obama leading the gaggle!

  • Gungadin

    So let me get this straight... Unions should support Republicans who hate unions and reject Democrats who believe that workers have a right to organize.... Somebody tell me where this thinking is wrong!

  • http://www.facebook.com/edward.woodall.5 Edward Woodall

    Maybe we should do away with airport security. No matter who does the screening, you'll always complain. You obviously have no regard for anyone else's safety. We could go stay to the airplane. Wouldn't that be cool. Or, you can stop your complaining and give TSA credit because we are on the longest stretch of not having a plane hijacked. In other words ... Grown up and deal with.

  • Dee cide for yourself

    The TSA is unconstitional. Period! We are free and have the right to fly without being groped by the horrible TSA idiots, who do nothing but stand there, and our taxpayer money pays them to organize against US! If we refuse to fly the airlines lose money, if the airlines lose money then they will do something about the TSA...like get rid of them, and perhaps privitize them. Personally, this would all go away if we just profile, profile, profile!!! Bombard your state, local and federal representative..NOW! If not, don't complain when all your freedoms are taken away, and we are truly a 3rd world country..and under obuma tha's where we are headed.

  • mudguy1

    The unions will kill our countries economy. When will the people wake UP.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Doc-Smith/100002549106697 Doc Smith

    Yep, and they got a million new rounds of hollow point ammo to enforce obama's rule

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_Y6LE5GJQNKBUMSIWBTG2LMPFH4 Douglas

    So when they strike do the air lines have to shut down or do we just risk being blown up for higher pay???? Are the killers of Americans waiting for a strike to take place to walk through our airports with guns, bombs and other weapons?? Or if we realize they jobs aren't really needed after a strike..can we fire them, since we are the ones paying them??? Oh that's right...when i tell a Government Employee I Pay His/Her Wages...Their Reply is "No You Don't The Government Does"!!! Basically These Government Employees Are Right...I could no more fire any of them for doing a lousy Job...than I could Stop paying taxes because of the services I get back in return for my investment...IRS would be all over me! I would be the bad guy...not the Bum(s) getting paid with my taxes!! So as this article suggest...we are now screwed big time...Good Luck America you are going to need it...4 more years, 4 More years, 4 More Years...I wonder if you'll still be singing this praise at the end of 4 more years???? Or will it be Bush's fault???

  • Joanne13

    Wait a minute!! I thought that the FEDERAL government COULDN'T unionize. So how is it that FEDERAL WORKERS have done so??

  • becky

    If we ever get rid of the communists in power it is time to get rid of DHS AND TSA. Let's hear from flyers please. Exactly how many muslimes in their cult dress are felt up and sexually assaulted the way Americans are? And now they will argue they can't be FIRED for their thieving, etc? And there will be millions and millions more to re-elect people that are bamy compatible. Truly mind-blowing and nauseatingly vile.

  • djw663

    The title says it all!
    More government power, more government regulations another corrupt sector of our government stealing stuff from our bags, our persons, searching our children or more like feeling our children our wives our sisters our mothers and now they have even more protection from being fired because of a union. Oh how great America is becoming.

  • rawdibob

    The DEMOCRATS planned it that way.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/LaVerne-Velasco/100001242118406 LaVerne Velasco

    SCREW the AFGE. They, like the SEIU are screwing up OUR country. TOO MANY GOVERMNENT WORKERS. There will be more of them than us. WE have to do everything legally possible, which doesn't seem like can happen, to TAKE THEM DOWN. I don't like most government workers at all. Too much pay for not enough work. DUMP EM. Larry VELASCO. I am a worker, not a TAKER like most government workers are. Hispanic for closing the borders to ALL. IMPEACH the MUSLIM PUNK, NOW. HE IS EVIL