Following confirmation hearings in Senate committees for the appointment of John Pistole as administrator of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), the National Treasury Employees Union (NTEU) has endorsed Pistole. The NTEU also organizes TSA workers, and one of the key issues for the NTEU has been whether TSA employees would gain collective bargaining rights, as many other government workers already have.
NTEU's president Colleen Kelly issued the following statement about the confirmation process for Pistole:
Two Senate committees have now concluded their confirmation hearings for John M. Pistole to be administrator of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), and the nominee has shown himself to be well-qualified for that important post. I am pleased the Senate process has moved along promptly to this point, and I look forward to a vote on Mr. Pistole’s nomination by the July 4 recess.
Having a permanent administrator in place is particularly important for TSA now as the peak summer travel season approaches. This position has been vacant for far too long, leading to an inability of the agency to address serious workplace issues preventing TSA from reaching its potential in service to our nation. Transportation Security Officers are a highly-visible and important part of the federal workforce. Clearly, they play a key role in the safety of air travel. They and their agency need permanent leadership. In hearings before two Senate committees, Mr. Pistole has shown he is more than capable of filling that vital role.