Now I know it is expected that the GOP would be opposed to unionization, but this is just a bit over the top.
Republican senator Jim DeMint used the attempted attack on a airplane bound for Detroit as an excuse to voice opposition to unions.
Absent any other television guests interested in countering Senator DeMint’s assertions, Fox News provided him a national forum for a broad attack on labor. He warned, “The administration is intent on unionizing and submitting our airport security to union bosses’ collective bargaining.”
The senator from South Carolina told Fox News Sunday’s Chris Wallace that unionization is a threat to airport security because collective bargaining prevents flexibility.
“We have to out-think the terrorists and when we formed the airport security system, we realized we could not use collective bargaining and unionization because of that need to be flexible,” DeMint said.
He added unsupported criticisms of “soft talk about engagement” and Obama’s plans to close the Guantanamo Bay prison. “These things are not going to appease the terrorists,” he said.
Border Patrol agents can do it. So can federal protective officers and U.S. Capitol Police. But Transportation Security Administration officers, who screen passengers at airports across the country, are not allowed to engage in collective bargaining. I just don’t get the connection DeMint wants to make.