AFL-CIO Endorses AFGE Efforts to Organize at TSA
September 24, 2009
AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka endorsed the efforts of the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) to organize approximately 40,000 Transportation Security Administration (TSA) employees who do not now have union rights. Trumka made the endorsement at a recent AFL-CIO convention in Pittsburgh. “Right now, 40,000 TSA employees are on the verge of winning their collective bargaining rights,” Trumka said, “I want you to know that the AFL-CIO will stand with them until every last one of those TSA employees are organized.” AFGE President John Gage welcomed the endorsement in a statement posted on the AFGE Web site on Sept. 22, noting that AFGE has been affiliated with the AFL-CIO since it was founded in 1932. At the convention, Gage met with AFL-CIO state and central labor body presidents to coordinate their support in the coming election of unions to represent TSA employees. The union currently has about 11,000 dues-paying TSA members in 33 locals across the country. The National Treasury Employees Union, which is not affiliated with the AFL-CIO, also currently represents TSA employees, with 19 TSA chapters at 21 airports. To see more, go to: www.afge.org/Index.cfm?Page=PressReleases&PressReleaseID=1047.