Airport workers marched alongside LA’s transportation security officers at the LAX airport this afternoon. The action is part of a nationwide effort at 30 airports by the AFL-CIO to highlight their situation.
The Security Officers say they face substandard conditions, a hostile work environment and discrimination. Although federal security officers are represented by the American Federation of Government Employees, they do not have collective bargaining rights. Unionists argue that granting this would not only improve work conditions, it would enhance national security.
During the his 2008 Presidential campaign, Barack Obama pledged to extend bargaining rights to TSA workers through executive order, but that has not happened yet. Leilani Albano, FSRN, Los Angeles.