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Senate Proceeding on Feb 3rd, 2011 :: 1:07:30 to 1:13:55
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Roger F. Wicker

1:07:28 to 1:07:49( Edit History Discussion )

Roger F. Wicker: i will yield to my colleague from mississippi. the presiding officer: the senator from mississippi is recognized. mr. wicker: mr. president, i ask unanimous consent to set aside the pending amendment so that i

Roger F. Wicker

1:07:30 to 1:13:55( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Roger F. Wicker

Roger F. Wicker

1:07:50 to 1:08:12( Edit History Discussion )

Roger F. Wicker: may call up my wicker amendment 14 which is at the desk. the presiding officer: without objection, so ordered. the clerk: the senator from mississippi, mr. -- mr. wicker: i ask consent that further reading of the amendment be dispensed with. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. wicker: thank you, mr. president.

Roger F. Wicker

1:08:13 to 1:08:33( Edit History Discussion )

Roger F. Wicker: this amendment deals with the notion of collective bargaing by t.s.a. employees. the transportation security administration was formed approximately 10 years ago by the aviation and transportation security act of 2001, public law

Roger F. Wicker

1:08:34 to 1:08:56( Edit History Discussion )

Roger F. Wicker: 107-71. since that time, transportation security administration employees have fared very well. they are a familiar sight in our airports. they are familiar to any of us

Roger F. Wicker

1:08:57 to 1:09:18( Edit History Discussion )

Roger F. Wicker: who fly and who frequent the airports of the united states. it's a good job and they're well taken care of. during that ten-year period, mr. president, t.s.a. employees have not been allowed to collectively bargain, and there's a reason for that. first of all, under that act

Roger F. Wicker

1:09:19 to 1:09:40( Edit History Discussion )

Roger F. Wicker: which i referenced, as a compromise back in that day, the under secretary of transportation for security, which is now the t.s.a. administrator, was given the ability to fix compensation in terms thereof, and included in that was the determination about

Roger F. Wicker

1:09:41 to 1:10:03( Edit History Discussion )

Roger F. Wicker: whether collective bargaining rights would be afforded to these t.s.a. employees. in a 2003 minimum owe, the under secretary of transportation for security at that time prohibited t.s.a. security screeners from unionizing with collective bargaining rights.

Roger F. Wicker

1:10:04 to 1:10:26( Edit History Discussion )

Roger F. Wicker: the under secretary wrote, "i hereby determine the employees carrying out the security screening function under section 4401 of title 49 united states code, in light of their critical national security responsibilities, shall not as a term or condition of their employment be entitled to engage in a collective bargaining or be represented for the purpose of engaging in such bargaining by

Roger F. Wicker

1:10:27 to 1:10:47( Edit History Discussion )

Roger F. Wicker: any representative or organization." the determination was made by the predecessor of the t.s.a. administrator, that in light of their critical national security responsibilities, it was not appropriate for collective bargaining rights to be included. now, we have every reason to

Roger F. Wicker

1:10:48 to 1:11:08( Edit History Discussion )

Roger F. Wicker: believe that under this new administration, that decision is about to be reversed. a decade of -- of experience and practice will be ended unless this congress acts and the appropriate vehicle on which to act is this re-authorization bill before us.

Roger F. Wicker

1:11:09 to 1:11:29( Edit History Discussion )

Roger F. Wicker: wicker amendment number 14 would simply exclude t.s.a. personnel from forming a union with collective bargaining rights. i would point out to my colleagues that the f.b.i., the c.i.a., the secret service, all who have similar critical national security

Roger F. Wicker

1:11:30 to 1:11:51( Edit History Discussion )

Roger F. Wicker: responsibilities do not have collective bargaining rights either, and so the -- the spirit of amendment number 14 would be to continue t.s.a. employees in that same vein. t.s.a. workers have fared well

Roger F. Wicker

1:11:52 to 1:12:14( Edit History Discussion )

Roger F. Wicker: indeed during the past decade. it's a good job. i enjoy seeing them. i enjoy working with them, and we're glad to have them. but for good reason, they have been excluded from collective bargaining rights. the t.s.a. and the t.s.a.

Roger F. Wicker

1:12:15 to 1:12:37( Edit History Discussion )

Roger F. Wicker: leadership need the flexibility to innovate and to move quickly during times of national emergency. on issues involving the security of the traveling purpose. and for that reason, i submit that adding the burdensome

Roger F. Wicker

1:12:38 to 1:12:58( Edit History Discussion )

Roger F. Wicker: responsibility of union demands and dealing with collective bargaining demands could limit the ability of those responsible for the very, very important function of security at some of the most high-risk targets and

Roger F. Wicker

1:12:59 to 1:13:20( Edit History Discussion )

Roger F. Wicker: make it harder for our security personnel to do their job. so i will be urging my colleagues during -- during this day and we will be urging the american people to contact their senators and to let their voices be heard. t.s.a. has worked well in this regard, and we do not need to

Roger F. Wicker

1:13:21 to 1:13:41( Edit History Discussion )

Roger F. Wicker: burden it with extra responsibilities when they need to be concentrating on security. i -- at this point, i yield the floor and would suggest, unless -- unless my friend from

Roger F. Wicker

1:13:42 to 1:14:03( Edit History Discussion )

Roger F. Wicker: washington prefers to -- i yield the floor. i think there are other speakers. a

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