As of Thursday, August 2, 2012, the Transportation Security Administration has agreed to unionize. The agency, best known for groping and offending Americans as we attempt to fly from one part of the country to the other, has agreed to allow the American Federation of Government Employees to unionize its workers.
“For 10 long years AFGE has fought hard so that Transportation Security Officers would have collective bargaining rights. We have often looked back and wondered why it was taking so long,” said AFGE National President John Gage. “Today we begin to look forward.”
When TSA was originally created in the aftermath of the 9-11 terrorist attacks, President Bush and the Congress agreed that the new agency should never unionize. That agreement lasted until 2011, when President Obama and the Senate Democrats pushed a unionization approval through.
The AGFE announcement means that the AFL-CIO is now inside America's national security apparatus. It caps a long period in which the union's boss, Richard Trumka, has been a frequent visitor and caller to the Obama White House, using his influence to push for an increasingly socialist vision in the United States.
According to the AGFE's announcement, the TSA's 45,000-strong workforce will vote on the collective bargaining agreement in the next few months.