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"Unions blame Honolulu airport management, inadequacies for actions of 36 TSA workers"
Thursday, June 16, 2011
Unions blame Honolulu airport management, inadequacies for actions of 36 TSA
The Associated Press
HONOLULU - Labor unions say management and inadequacies at the Honolulu
airport are to blame for the actions of Transportation Security
Administration workers being fired for not properly screening baggage.
David Borer, general counsel for the American Federation of Government
Employees, says that because the 36 employees facing termination include two
top officials at the airport, there was a management failure.
Jim Bailey, director of field operations for the National Treasury Employees
Union, says officers took shortcuts in manual screening protocol because of
pressure to quickly put baggage on planes.
The employees have until Friday to respond to the TSA's letter that the
agency wants them fired.
Borer says a two-week extension has been granted for two employees.
A vote next week will determine which union represents TSA employees.
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