It's not a secret that the Transportation Security Administration is one of the most anti-worker agencies in the federal government. Airport managers break their own rules and regularly refuse to comply with the labor-management contract. But TSA in Norfolk, Virginia, took ridiculousness to a whole new level.
Transportation Security Officer Nakeylla Simons, who is also AFGE Local 448 president, was terminated earlier this year for taking a picture with a celebrity and posting it on Twitter two years ago, among three other equally ridiculous charges. But thanks to AFGE's outstanding representation, TSA's Office of Professional Responsibility Appellate Board recently reversed the termination.
The board found that there is no policy which prohibits TSOs from being photographed with a celebrity while in uniform. There also was no proof that the picture was taken while on duty or at the checkpoint. The board also rejected TSA's other bogus charges:
At the same airport, the Local has just won its first arbitration case against TSA when a Letter of Reprimand (LOR) issued against a TSO was reduced to a Letter of Counseling (LOC). LOR is considered a disciplinary action, but LOC is not.
Local President Simons thanks AFGE and AFGE TSA Council 100 for their outstanding work representing her and the other member. She encourages other workers to "follow all rules and regulations. Never give up, never quit, and always stand for what's right."