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Posted at 5:00 PM ET, 02/15/2011

Senate defeats measure that would have denied TSA workers collective bargaining rights

By Felicia Sonmez

The Senate on Tuesday rejected an amendment that would have blocked Transportation Security Administration employees from having collective bargaining rights, handing a victory to Democrats and labor groups.

The amendment, which had been sponsored by Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) and was attached to a Federal Aviation Authority funding bill, was defeated on a straight party-line vote, with all 47 Republicans voting in favor and all 51 Democrats present voting against the measure. Two Democrats, Sens. John Kerry (Mass.) and Mark Pryor (Ark.), did not vote.

The measure would have denied more than 40,000 TSA employees right to negotiate over topics normally negotiable by federal employees who are represented by unions. Wicker and other supporters of the amendment had argued that granting TSA employees full collective bargaining rights could endanger national security by forcing the agency to negotiate with unions before being allowed to move screeners or change its methods.

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By Felicia Sonmez  | February 15, 2011; 5:00 PM ET
Categories:  Congress, Workplace Issues, unions  
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Comments

The Democrats have shown once again why they need to be run out of office. Government unions are destroying the Nation and these nimrods are allowing the TSA to unionize?

Run these Democratic Progressive Union Socialist Communist bums out of office in 2012!

Posted by: Bubbette1 | February 15, 2011 8:39 PM | Report abuse

The Republicans have shown once again that they need to run out of office. Corporations and their elected puppets are destroying the Nation and nimrods like Bubette1 are allowed to open their ignorant mouths in public?

Run these GOP Capitalist Fascist Racist Homophobic and anti-working class bums out of office in 2012.

Posted by: anarcho-liberal-tarian | February 16, 2011 8:29 AM | Report abuse

anarcho-liberal-tarian, Obama is not GOP.

Posted by: getjiggly1 | February 16, 2011 10:40 AM | Report abuse

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