Collective Bargaining a threat to airport security?

Senator Jim DeMint

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.

  2 comments for “Collective Bargaining a threat to airport security?

  1. Jo
    December 28, 2009 at 9:09 am

    It is not over the top, I worked with 1199 SEIU nurses who chose to go to break rather than tend to an emergency. The majority of union time is protecting non performers, why do you think our education system produces the uneducated?

  2. Robert Lauten
    December 28, 2009 at 5:10 pm

    Senator DeMint was being too kind.

    Pleas visit the “HUFFPOST” article, the link was in the right column.

    “Adam Hanft: Homeland Security, Watch List and Terrorist – in- Plain-Sight; Obama Confronts The Audacity of Bureaucracy”

    And, I would like to add the … The Audacity of Political Correctness.

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