Thursday, September 22, 2005

TSA employees skip work

Today the two Houston airports found themselves short on security folks because they bugged out early. This resulted in multi-hour wait times to get through security for thousands of Americans fleeing Houston. Am I surprised that federal unionized employees decided to bug out when the going got tough? NOT! Am I surprised by this statement in the Houston Chronicle:

Asked if those who didn't report to work today will be paid for the day anyway, or would be forced to take a vacation or leave day, McCauley said, "That has not been determined."

The only positive way to read this statement is that they have not determined whether these people still have jobs or that they have not determined whether to prosecute for deriliction of duty. Call me a cynic, but I don't think that is what McCauley meant. This is one of the many reasons that baggage inspectors should not have been federalised.


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