WSJ columnist Kim Strassel says the next front in the fight over public-sector unions is your nearest airport:
Even as state battles rage, the Obama administration has been facilitating the largest federal union organizing effort in history. Tens of thousands of Transportation Security Administration (TSA) screeners are now casting votes to choose a union to collectively bargain for cushier personnel practices on their behalf.
Liberals are calling it a “historic” vote. It is. Henceforth, airport security will play second fiddle to screener “rights.”
The TSA was created as a response — however ill-conceived — to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. At the time, Strassel explains, airport security was considered too important to allow “rigid unionization rules.” That had changed by the 2008 election campaign, when Barack Obama told union leaders that collective bargaining for TSA employees was a “priority” of his.
That’s been the administration’s “priority,” even