Unions vying to represent TSA push senators to oppose amendments passed by House

"Poor morale at TSA contributes to inefficiencies at the agency," she wrote. "Poor workforce management has led to one of the highest attrition rates in the government, and high on-the-job injuries. Concerns have been voiced about increased costs and potential security gaps in our aviation systems because of this turnover and job dissatisfaction.”

Similarly, the American Federation of Government Employees, which is locked in a runoff with the NTEU in an election of TSA employees to be the agency's union, has also come out against an amendment by Rep. Todd Rokita (R-Ind.) to prevent whichever union is elected to represent the agency from using federal funds for collective bargaining. That amendment was passed on 218-205 vote, but AFGE president John Gage said it was "nothing but a repeat of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s unfounded attack on the right of all Americans to have a voice at work and the right to bargain collectively.

“Despite what Mr. Rokita claimed when he introduced his amendment, there is no evidence that collective bargaining rights have any negative impact on national security, nor that these rights undermine the ability of TSA or any other DHS employee to perform their duties,” Gage said last week in a statement. “Let us not forget that the 9/11 police and firefighter first responders all were union members with a collective bargaining contract, and it was AFGE police at Ft. Hood who didn’t stop to check their collective bargaining contracts before taking down a killer."

Gage said the AFGE was "mobilizing its supporters" against the amendment.

Voting in the runoff between AFGE and NTEU is expected to last most of this month.