Washington, DC – U.S. Rep. John L. Mica (R-FL), Chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, released the following statement regarding today’s announcement on union election results for TSA security screeners:
“The traveling public will be absolutely delighted to learn that big labor has captured the TSA’s army of airport screeners. With the American Federation of Government Employees union selection, the nation’s largest union for government workers will collectively bargain for nearly 50,000 of America’s airport screeners.
“This would be the largest group ever taken over by the largest government employee union.
“I share the frustrations of TSA workers, who will continue to deal with a federal agency burdened with 3,800 TSA bureaucrats in Washington, DC who make an average of $105, 000 per year, and another 9,600 TSA administrative personnel across the nation.
“While collective bargaining for airport screeners may sound like a solution to a dysfunctional workplace, only a dramatic overhaul of TSA will provide a proper structure for improved employment conditions, employee respect, and the best possible security operations.
“The Obama Administration today can check the box on another boost for big labor and a significant setback for the traveling public.”