Ed Feulner

Will they drag their feet on transfers, even if it means compromising air travel safety? The track record of the National Treasury Employees Union, one of the two unions vying to represent TSA workers, gives us pause. NTEU already represents Customs and Border Patrol employees. It has sued the CBP for moving personnel without negotiating first, and the arbitrator ruled in its favor. So unions are already causing gridlock at other agencies.

Sure, we can cross our fingers and hope the current restrictions aren’t changed or ignored. But consider why the policy changed in the first place: union pressure. It didn’t change on a whim. Unions are among the most well-funded special interests around, and they lobbied the Obama administration hard for this change.

“Unions spent half a billion to elect the president,” writes James Sherk, a labor policy expert at The Heritage Foundation, in a recent paper. “They spent more on the mid-term elections than the Chamber of Commerce did. When they speak, Obama listens.”

Now that they’ve won a partial victory, what are the chances they’ll be satisfied? Not very good. They’ll keep pressing until the TSA is completely unionized.

If they succeed, do you think airport lines will get shorter, or air travel any safer? Of course not. That’s why Congress should prohibit TSA from collective bargaining.

Otherwise, we can all expect to fly some pretty unfriendly skies in the future.

Ed Feulner

Dr. Edwin Feulner is Founder of The Heritage Foundation, a Townhall.com Gold Partner, and co-author of Getting America Right: The True Conservative Values Our Nation Needs Today .
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