With amazement, last week I read that the Obama White House nominated Erroll Southers to head up TSA. The amazing part was that Mr. Southers fully supports unionising the TSA. As reported by the Washington Examiner, Jim DeMint placed a hold on the Southers’ nomination until he answers one question

does he think TSA employees should be allowed to collectively bargain with the government on workplace rules and procedures? To date, Southers has declined to give a definitive response to DeMint’s question, even though it’s importance was highlighted by the attempted Christmas Day massacre of nearly 300 people aboard Northwest Airlines Flight 253

Besides the pushing for the unionising of TSA, there’s another concerning issue about Mr. Southers that is reported today by the Washington Post. While at the FBI, Southers inappropriately accessed federal databases to obtain information on his estranged wife’s boyfriend. Then he misled Congress about the details of those events, but later retracted and corrected his story.

The White House nominee to lead the Transportation Security Administration gave Congress misleading information about incidents in which he inappropriately accessed a federal database, possibly in violation of privacy laws, documents obtained by The Washington Post show.

and

Southers, a former FBI agent, has described inconsistencies in his accounts to Congress as “inadvertent” and the result of poor memory of an incident that dates back 20 years. He said in a Nov. 20 letter to key senators obtained by The Post that he had accepted full responsibility long ago for a “grave error in judgment” in accessing confidential criminal records about his then-estranged wife’s new boyfriend.

If for no other reason to reject Souther’s nomination, fake conservative Congressman Joe Lieberman and Susan Collins support this guy. Too bad he didn’t cheat on paying his taxes. He would have been a shoe-in and probably have breezed through this confirmation. Here’s a quote from Joe Lieberman’s spokesperson regarding Southers:

In a statement, a spokeswoman for Lieberman said the senator “believes that Erroll Southers is an outstanding candidate to lead the TSA.

Back to threat of unionising TSA, here is a list of some of the unions in America supporting the unionisation of TSA, as provided by the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE):

State Feds

  • Alaska State AFL-CIO
  • Arizona AFL-CIO
  • Arkansas AFL-CIO
  • California Labor Federation, AFL-CIO
  • Colorado AFL-CIO
  • Florida AFL-CIO
  • Georgia State AFL-CIO
  • Hawaii AFL-CIO
  • Illinois AFL-CIO
  • Indiana State AFL-CIO
  • Kentucky AFL-CIO
  • Massachusetts AFL-CIO
  • Maryland State and D.C. AFL-CIO
  • Michigan State AFL-CIO
  • Missouri AFL-CIO
  • Nevada State AFL-CIO
  • North Carolina State AFL-CIO
  • Ohio AFL-CIO
  • Oklahoma State AFL-CIO
  • Oregon AFL-CIO
  • Pennsylvania AFL-CIO
  • South Carolina AFL-CIO
  • Tennessee AFL-CIO Labor Council
  • Utah State AFL-CIO
  • Virginia AFL-CIO
  • Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO
  • West Virginia AFL-CIO

Central Labor Councils

  • Anchorage Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO
  • Beaver-Lawrence Central Labor Council (Pennsylvania)
  • Central Florida AFL-CIO
  • Central Oregon Labor Council, AFL-CIO
  • Chicago Federation of Labor and Industrial Union Council, AFL-CIO
  • Cleveland Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO
  • Colorado Springs Area Labor Council, AFL-CIO
  • Denver Area Labor Federation, AFL-CIO
  • Greater Boston Labor Council, AFL-CIO
  • Marion, Polk and Yamhill Counties Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO (Oregon)
  • Martin Luther King Jr. County Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO (Seattle)
  • Metropolitan Baltimore Council of AFL-CIO Unions
  • Metropolitan Detroit AFL-CIO
  • Milwaukee Area Labor Council, AFL-CIO
  • Northern Virginia Labor Federation, AFL-CIO
  • Northwest Oregon Labor Council, AFL-CIO
  • Oklahoma City Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO
  • Orange County Labor Federation, AFL-CIO (Calif.)
  • San Diego-Imperial Counties Labor Council, AFL-CIO
  • Southwestern Pennsylvania Area Labor Federation, AFL-CIO
  • St. Louis Labor Council, AFL-CIO
  • Washington Green Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO (Ohio)

Airport Unions

  • Association of Flight Attendants-CWA

Unions

  • AFSCME (American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees) Local 2829 (Minneapolis)
  • APWU(American Postal Workers Union) Local 125 (Minneapolis)
  • APWU Local 1462 (Central Florida)
  • APWU Local 247 (Colorado Springs)
  • ATU (Amalgamated Transit Union) Local 1005 (Minneapolis/St. Paul)
  • BCTWGM (Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers’ and Grain Millers) Local 6 (Philadelphia), AFL-CIO
  • CWA (Communications Workers of America) Minnesota State Council
  • Florida Alliance for Retired Americans
  • IAMAW (International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers) Minnesota State Council of Machinists
  • Jobs with Justice, Central Florida
  • Jobs with Justice, St. Louis
  • LCLAA (Labor Council for Latin American Advancement) Central Florida Chapter
  • LIUNA (Laborers’ International Union of North America Local 332 (Philadelphia), AFL-CIO
  • Minnesota Nurses Association
  • Philadelphia Building and Construction Trades Council, AFL-CIO
  • UFCW (United Food and Commercial Workers) Local 1776
  • UMWA (United Mine Workers of America) Region IV (Colorado)

Groups

  • A. Philip Randolph Institute Central Florida Chapter
  • Central Florida CLUW (Collation of Labor Union Women)
  • Coalition of Black Trade Unionists
  • Jefferson County Democrats of Colorado
  • Labor Initiative of the Colorado Democratic Party
  • Union Vets Council

http://www.afge.org/index.cfm?fuse=content&contentID=2089

If there were any questions about Mr. Souther’s intentions, here’s part of a quote sent to the AFGE by Mr. Southers himself:

“I look forward to joining you and adding value to the homeland security mission at TSA.”

It seems the momentum to build a gargantuan base of Democrat constituents though workplace initiatives rolls on. And you wonder why much of the stimulus money is being held back. It will continue to be funnelled to progressive organizations and political causes supporting progressive political candidates. The only problem here is that progressives are a minority in this country (albeit the wealthiest), and their political agenda is juxtaposed to the freedom and liberty America was founded on.

The progressive agenda will be crushed by those Americans that are continually having their freedom and liberty curbed. It’s only a matter of time.

THANKS JIM DEMINT!