What: All Issues : Labor Rights : Rights of Public Employees : S. 4 Legislation to implement the unfinished recommendations of the 9/11 Commission; McCaskill amendment to give airport security screeners collective bargaining rights and whistleblower protections /On agreeing to the amendment (2007 senate Roll Call 64)
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S. 4 Legislation to implement the unfinished recommendations of the 9/11 Commission; McCaskill amendment to give airport security screeners collective bargaining rights and whistleblower protections /On agreeing to the amendment
senate Roll Call 64     Mar 07, 2007
Progressive Position:
Yea
Progressive Result:
Win

An amendment to a bill implementing the unfinished recommendations of the 9/11 Commission, this vote was on a proposal by Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) to give airport security screeners more limited collective bargaining rights and whistleblower protections than was proposed in the underlying legislation. The amendment was part of a massive bill implementing the recommendations of the 9/11 Commission that were not acted upon by the previous Republican-controlled Congress. The original language in the bill, drafted by Sen. Joseph Lieberman (D-Conn.), would have given employees of the Transportation Security Administration union rights less restricted than those McCaskill proposed in her amendment. Under current law, TSA screeners are not afforded any collective bargaining rights, which are available to most other federal workers. Democrats, who were in the minority when that law was drafted, sought to change this. Just how to do so was the question, although the White House has threatened to veto any legislation that includes collective bargaining rights for TSA workers. McCaskill's amendment would prohibit screeners from striking and also would give TSA "flexibility" to take whatever action the agency deems necessary to manage its workforce during emergencies. That language was what differentiated McCaskill's amendment from the collective bargaining rights originally outlined in the bill. Senators voted 51-48 in favor of McCaskill's amendment, thereby curtailing the collective bargaining rights granted to federal airport security screeners. All of the Democrats present voted to approve McCaskill's amendment, and all of the Republicans except Sen. Arlene Specter (Pa.) voted against it. The bill implementing the recommendations of the 9/11 Commission thus moved forward with more limited union rights for TSA employees than had originally been proposed.

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