TSA employees choose AFGE

Jun 23, 2011

The American Federation of Government Employees has won the election to determine who will serve as exclusive union representative for more than 40,000 Transportation Security Administration employees. The union prevailed in a 8,903 to 8,447 vote over the National Treasury Employees Union. The results were announced June 23.

In a statement, AFGE National President John Gage said the union was “thrilled with the election results,” and that the union “anticipates developing a cooperative and cohesive relationship with TSA as we move to forge a collective bargaining contract that [transportation security officers] so desperately need.”

“We will be reaching out to TSOs at airports across the country for their input as to what they would like to see in a contract,” Gage said. “We recognize that TSOs in small airports have different concerns from those at large ones. With one nationwide contract, it is essential that we cover all the bases.”

NTEU President Colleen Kelley expressed disappointment at the loss, but said the union was proud of its accomplishments for TSOs.

“Securing a determination from TSA Administrator John Pistole granting TSA employees much-needed collective bargaining rights is the single most important workplace development in TSA’s nearly 10-year history,” Kelley said, “and NTEU played the pivotal role in that accomplishment.”

To see more, go to: www.tsaunion.com.

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