FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
March 27, 2009

Emily Ryan
(202) 639-6421

U.S. Rep. Ruppersberger to Join AFGE in Support of TSA Workers

AFGE Calls for Full Bargaining Rights at TSA

WHO:
American Federation of Government Employees National President John Gage, National Vice President Joseph Flynn
U.S. Representative C.A. “Dutch” Ruppersberger, D-Md.
U.S. Representative Elijah Cummings, D-Md. (invited)
AFL-CIO Maryland State and District of Columbia President Fred Mason
AFL-CIO Metro Baltimore Council President Ernie Grecco

WHAT:
Event to show support for TSA employees in Baltimore, and across the country

WHERE:
Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, Conference Room

WHEN:
Monday, March 30; 10:30 a.m.

(BALTIMORE)-United States Representative Dutch Ruppersberger will join the American Federation of Government Employees, the union that represents TSA workers nationwide, at an event March 30 to call for full workplace protections for Transportation Security Officers. AFGE National President John Gage, National Vice President Joe Flynn and other AFGE representatives will be on-hand for the event, which runs from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Congressman Ruppersberger is scheduled to attend from 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

AFGE represents the entire TSA workforce and has approximately 10,000 TSA dues-paying members nationwide. The union years ago won the fight for Transportation Security Officers to be allowed to join the union; however, those workers still are denied basic workplace rights.

“AFGE repeatedly has, and continues to urge Congress to support efforts by President Obama to rescind the directive denying TSOs their rights by granting TSOs the same collective bargaining rights and workplace protections as those afforded other workers in DHS,” said AFGE National President John Gage. “AFGE urges Congress to continue its efforts to repeal the Aviation and Transportation Security Act footnote placing such overreaching discretion in the hands of the TSA administrator, and once and for all to place the 40,000 members of the TSO workforce under Title 5 protections—including the General Schedule for wages and promotions.”

The AFL-CIO—of which AFGE is a member—recently passed a resolution calling on the Obama administration and Congress to “ensure – through legislation or executive action – that TSOs can exercise the same rights as other workers in DHS.”

The BWI Conference Room is located on the main level, between the D and E piers. Follow the hallway to the left of the AirTran ticket counter.

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