This is a general post regarding the newly adopted TSA union contract. For specific dicussion of their uniform allowance, go here: TSA uniform perks more expensive than Marine Corps Jaunted: TSA Union Approves Contract That TSA Promised Would Never, Ever Happen We've been following TSA unionization for you since it became a thing in the summer of 2010, when we and everyone else expressed trepidation at the possibility that these guys would now be allowed to collectively bargain over pay and performance. To deal with concerns like ours, TSA officials did what they often and aggravatingly do whenever they make a boneheaded mistake or want to implement a moronic policy: they kind of sort of lied. A few hours ago airport security screeners approved a contract that according to the Washington Post "among other things overhauls their pay for performance system to emphasize actual on the job performance over certification tests." Keep those elements in mind: pay, performance, and testing. We're going to ask you for some patience, because this news is kind of infuriating and we want to make sure that you see just how much.... [lots of details snipped]This is roughly as blatant a bait-and-switch as can be pulled. When unionization was being debated, TSA described it one way. After it happened, the agency implemented it in a totally different way. When it mattered, TSA insisted that you'd have to be an idiot not to see that bargaining over pay and performance would be explicitly prohibited—it said so right there! Now that it's too late to roll things back, the new contract completely changes how pay is linked to performance and testing. It's almost difficult to understand why no one trusts the agency, huh?