Chaffetz v. TSA: AFGE Responds

Do they ever. After Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, the ranking member on the House Oversight and Government Reform Federal Workforce Subcommittee, complained that he'd been targeted by Transportation Security Administration workers because he voted against giving them the right to organize, the American Federation of Government Employees, one of two unions that represents TSA workers, fired back in a sharply worded press release. First, they say Chaffetz chose to use an optional line that used a more advanced screening machine that Chaffetz has objected to in the past, instead of choosing to get in line for a normal scanner. Second, they say the screener was working with a supervisor, ensuring that proper procedures were followed. And third, the union argues, "The TSO who administered the pat down had just returned from a tour of duty in Iraq, and did not recognize the freshman congressman," making him an unlikely target for retaliation.

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