AFGE Moves Forward To Represent TSA Workers

by Ron Moore

Ron Moore

Since the very beginning the American Federation of Government Employees has supported TSA’s Transportation Security Officers as they serve while working under onerous conditions made possible by the lack of collective bargaining rights. Today is a step forward to a better TSA.

The Federal Labor Relations Authority has moved forward with AFGE’s petition for an election at TSA by directing the agency to provide the FLRA with documents needed to make a decision on whether a union election should be held.

In a letter to TSA Assistant Administrator for Human Capital Richard Whitford, FLRA Acting Regional Director Peter Sutton asked Whitford to provide a list of employees described in AFGE’s petition, which are non-supervisory Transportation Security Officers in pay bands D, E, F, and G. Sutton also asked for a list of employees who won’t be part of the bargaining unit, including supervisors and TSA headquarters staff. Sutton further asked for TSA’s position on AFGE’s petition, which seeks to determine whether TSOs wish to be represented by a union for the purpose of collective bargaining.

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Transportation Security officers file to make AFGE their union

by Ron Moore

After 9/11 Americans faced a dilemma; namely how to get the airplanes off the ground while the nation was still shaken by the attack. A decision was made to take aviation security from the patchwork for-profit system and establish one unified agency. That agency was the Transportation Security Administration established in November, 2001.

Americans stood up to serve by the thousands; leaving behind jobs, going through an exhaustive clearance and training regimen and showing up at the nation’s airports to report for duty under still difficult and evolving circumstances. But they didn’t count on one thing; as soon as they took an oath to uphold the Constitution and reported for work they discovered they were serving under a personnel system stripped of even the most basic workplace rights including collective bargaining.

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