“AFGE agrees that strong security measures need to be in place and evolve as threats come anew, but the general public needs to know what the security procedures are and what their rights are as citizens,” AFGE National President John Gage added. “TSA must do a better job explaining these measures to the flying public. This absence of information has resulted in a backlash against the character and professionalism of TSOs based on a few widely reported but largely ill-founded claims repeated over and over again by the media.”
AFGE further called on TSA to provide an educational pamphlet to each passenger on the new procedures and what the passenger rights are.
“Like all Americans, TSOs deserve to be treated with dignity and respect. These men and women are the first line of defense against those who seek to harm this country,” Gage said. “It is unacceptable for any passenger to verbally or physically assault any security officers, and TSA must act now—before the Thanksgiving rush— to ensure that TSOs are not being left to fend for themselves.”
The current anti-Homeland Security movement is backed by The Rutherford Institute, a right wing organization that receives funding from benefactors of such anti-worker corporate front groups as The Heritage Foundation and the National 'Right to Work' Legal Defense Foundation. TSO's are not permitted collective bargaining rights. President Obama promised in writing to provide those who serve the full measure of respect and partnership guaranteed by collective bargaining but has been indifferent about improving the quality of the TSA workplace as TSO's continue to wait.