What: All Issues : Labor Rights : General Union Rights : S. 4 Legislation to implement the recommendations of the 9/11 Commission; DeMint amendment to prevent federal airline security screeners from having collective bargaining/Motion to table
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S. 4 Legislation to implement the recommendations of the 9/11 Commission; DeMint amendment to prevent federal airline security screeners from having collective bargaining/Motion to table
senate Roll Call 60     Mar 06, 2007
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This vote was on a motion to table (set aside) an amendment by Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) that would have prevented airport security screeners from being granted collective bargaining rights. The underlying bill -- a massive piece of legislation implementing the recommendations of the 9/11 Commission -- contained language granting employees of the Transportation Security Administration unionizing rights as well as whistleblower protections. Under current law, TSA screeners are not afforded any collective bargaining rights, which are available to most other federal workers. Senators voted 51-46 in favor of tabling DeMint's amendment, thereby leaving intact the collective bargaining rights and whistleblower protections granted to federal airport security screeners in the bill. All of the Democrats present voted to table the amendment, and all of the Republicans except Sen. Arlene Specter (Pa.) voted with DeMint. The bill implementing the recommendations of the 9/11 Commission thus moved forward with union rights for TSA employees. The legislation has drawn a veto threat from the White House.

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