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Senate Proceeding 02-15-11 on Feb 15th, 2011 :: 0:25:35 to 0:27:55
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John Rockefeller

0:25:31 to 0:25:52( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: mr. rockefeller: mr. president, how much time remains on our side? minutes and four seconds. mr. rockefeller: the t.s.a. administrator has a right to allow collective bargaining for t.s.a. employees through the authority provided in the original transportation and security act passed in 2001. when congress passed that, we

John Rockefeller

0:25:35 to 0:27:55( Edit History Discussion )
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John Rockefeller

0:25:53 to 0:26:15( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: came to an agreement that left the determination of allowing collective bargaining rights for transportation security officers to the t.s.a. administrator. i firmly believe that this issue should remain with the t.s.a. administrator. the current agreement was approved under the bush administration and approved by a

John Rockefeller

0:26:16 to 0:26:36( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: republican-controlled house of representatives. i saw no reason to alter this compromise at this time. there are valid reasons to keep the authority with the t.s.a. administrator. he works firsthand with the employees every day. the nature of his work is very hands on. and he's better qualified to determine the agency's mission, how it can be improved, with or

John Rockefeller

0:26:37 to 0:26:59( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: without collective bargaining. he, really, more than anybody. on friday administrator pistole announced his intention to allow collective bargaining over workforce issues, but security an pay will not be subject to negotiation. most other federal law enforcement agencies, including others housed within the department of homeland security,

John Rockefeller

0:27:00 to 0:27:20( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: such as customs and border control have collective bargaining rights. i don't believe the sponsors would question the dedication of these law enforcement officers despite their right to collectively bar gain. t.s.a. employees must follow civil service rules that prohibit the right to strike and allow managers to move forward, workers to different areas and

John Rockefeller

0:27:21 to 0:27:41( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: roles in the event of an emergency and security is needed. i cannot support this amendment. file it could negatively impact security if t.s.a. permits collective bargaining rights to improve employee retention. finally, this amendment is a security issue and one that is better addressed when a t.s.a.

John Rockefeller

0:27:42 to 0:27:55( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: reauthorization comes to the floor. this is our problem. we're not talking about security here. we're talking about other matters. i urge my fellow senators to oppose the wicker amendment. i thank t

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