Experts say Erroll Southers will likely win confirmation as head of the TSA despite a Senate "hold" on his nomination, and that collective bargaining for TSA screeners is probably just a matter of time. "The political forces are aligning for this to happen," says James Sherk of the Heritage Foundation, who nonetheless believes collective bargaining is "a terrible idea." Supporters insist that full union rights will improve security by boosting morale and reducing turnover at the agency. "People who insinuate that being a union member has a [national] security implication are just totally wrong," says John Gage, president of the American Federation of Government Employees.

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