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Aviation Security Act and Labor Law No. 176

Adopted 2004
Reaffirmed 2005


Although ADA supports the efforts to increase aviation security since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, Section 109 (g) of the Aviation Security Act (ASA) raises some concerns.

Section 109 (g) of ASA grants the Attorney General the authority to make employment decisions regarding airline screening personnel "notwithstanding any other provision of law." This remarkably sweeping provision seems to allow the Attorney General to ignore the entire body of labor and employment law, including those provisions which guarantee federal employees the right to organize and bargain collectively. ADA is concerned that the Bush Administration is attempting to use legitimate security concerns of the American people to further diminish the labor protections of federal employees.

ADA calls upon Congress to repeal Section 109 (g) of this law.

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No. 176

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