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Bush: Keeping working families poor and disempowered is more important than protecting them ...

Shocking, but really not surprising at all.

This is just disgusting:

President George W. Bush may veto legislation to adopt many of the remaining recommendations of the Sept. 11 Commission unless Senate Democrats drop a plan to allow airport screeners to join unions, a Bush administration official said.

A provision in the security legislation now before the Senate would give government-employed airport security screeners the right to bargain collectively for union contracts and whistle-blower protections.

"That would mean we would have to negotiate with the unions whenever we have to do an emergency deployment,'' Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff told reporters.

Or whenever they have to negotiate a new contract.

Joshua Holland is a staff writer at Alternet and a regular contributor to The Gadflyer .

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