National Guardsmen and Reservists returning home from combat would soon have new employment protections under a plan supported by U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill.
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is currently not required to hold positions and promotions for employees who are called away to serve but a bipartisan proposal backed by McCaskill would protect the jobs of servicemen and women at TSA.
"When our men and women in uniform are called upon to leave their loved ones, their jobs, and the comforts of home to go fight overseas they should rest assured that the life they put on hold will be waiting for them when they return," said McCaskill, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee. "Protecting the jobs of our Guardsmen and Reservists isn't just a Missouri value, it's the law of the land for nearly every federal agency. It's time to make those protections universal."
Currently, a law known as the Uniformed Services Employment And Reemployment Rights Act protects most National Guard and Reservists from employment discrimination based on their service. The law helps ensure that Guardsmen and Reservists who are called up for duty can return to their jobs and their seniority when they return from military service. However, the law that created the TSA exempted its employees from those protections. The TSA is the only federal entity with such an exclusion.
McCaskill is helping lead the effort in the Senate to pass legislation to expand those protections to TSA employees.
The bipartisan legislation-available on McCaskill's website, HERE- is endorsed by the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Last October, McCaskill arranged a statewide conference call with representatives from Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, the Missouri National Guard, and employers in Missouri to help find solutions and identify ways to give our Guardsman and Reservists more support. McCaskill also herself proudly supports the Guard as an employer with a member of her own Senate team serving in the Washington, D.C., Army National Guard.
In November, McCaskill helped pass the bipartisan VOW to Hire Heroes Act, legislation she cosponsored which aims to put unemployed veterans back to work.