Jackson, Conyers fault TSA background checks

| 2/9/2007

Civil rights leader Jesse Jackson and House Judiciary Chairman John Conyers, D-MI, say at least 36 railroad workers may have been fired unfairly because they failed background checks that were recommended by the Transportation Security Administration.

According to The Associated Press, the workers were ex-convicts who had worked for Burlington Northern-Santa Fe for up to 11 years with clean employment records - but whose convictions showed up on their background checks.

"Without uniform rules and a fair appeals process, we cannot stand by while these companies take away the lifeline of hardworking, honest people," Conyers told The AP.