Transportation Security Administration screeners will finish casting their votes on whether to unionize by next Tuesday. The smart money says that the majority of the 44,000 airport screeners will vote for unionization.
TSA unionization is a terrible idea for three reasons.
First, public unions are an entirely different scourge than private unions are, because they can consolidate and fund the very management that negotiates on their behalf (i.e., the Democratic Party).
Second, TSA strikes could jeopardize national security because work stoppages and slowdowns could result in inadequate security screening and a general slowdown in economic activity that is typically associated with travel delays.
Third, TSA unionization would set a dangerous precedent for other federal government agencies that are not unionized like the FBI, CIA, and the United States military.
I can see it now. “Captain, have your tank company seize and secure Hill 780.”
“Sir, we can only seize that hill between 8:00 am and 12:00 pm, because the military union’s work rules require a one hour lunch break and I cannot require them to attack anything before 8:00 am.”
And here’s the most precious quote from the article:
“What [TSA screeners are] looking for is fairness and transparency and not a workplace that is driven by favoritism or who you know,” said Colleen M. Kelley, president of the National Treasury Employees Union.
Yes, unions bring transparency to organizations and do not practice petty cronyism or favoritism.
Give me a break.