For 20 years, AFGE has remained adamant in our stance that Transportation Security Officers (TSOs) deserve full workplace protections, significantly better pay, and unconditional access to appeals at the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB).
We are proud to announce that our union’s efforts have paid off! As of Sept. 26, TSA officers will now have broad appeal rights under the MSPB. We fought hard and we won.
Recently, TSA negotiated an agreement with the MSPB to give TSOs appeal rights, a workplace benefit that TSA managers and most other federal workers have long received. Now, officers will be able to appeal covered adverse actions— like removals, lengthy suspensions, and demotions— to the MSPB.
“Today is an exciting day for our union and TSA officers across the country,” said Hydrick Thomas, president of AFGE TSA Council 100, which represents more than 45,000 TSOs at nearly 450 airports across the country. “For 20 years we’ve been fighting to have the same appeal rights as our managers and fellow federal employees at different agencies throughout the government. We’ve been fighting to be treated as equals, nothing more, nothing less”.
You can read the memo here.
This is a major victory for our TSOs who never gave up the fight for fair disciplinary appeal rights. AFGE is committed to using every avenue available to expand fair workplace rights for TSA officers and all federal employees.
We are still awaiting the final Determination from Administrator Pekoske, which is expected to further expand collective bargaining rights.
AFGE will continue to keep members informed as we receive updates.