Senate defeats measure that would have denied TSA workers collective bargaining rights
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.
| February 15, 2011; 5:00 PM ET
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