TSA Union Election Tentatively Set For March 9

About 43,000 Transportation Security Administration screeners are expected to begin voting March 9 to decide which of two major federal unions will represent them.

The American Federation of Government Employees and National Treasury Employees Union today met with TSA and the Federal Labor Relations Authority to sort out the details on the election. The consent agreement finalizing the election terms was not signed, however, because of some unresolved issues. AFGE said TSA disagreed with the language in the agreement used to describe the bargaining unit.

NTEU said the election is tentatively set to run from March 9 to April 19, and FLRA will count the votes April 20. Screeners will be able to cast their votes online or by using a toll-free telephone number.

NTEU said the meeting also addressed voter eligibility, how challenges will be handled, and how the campaign will be conducted.

"The FLRA has moved expeditiously throughout this entire process and we are hopeful they will continue to do so," AFGE National President John Gage said in a statement.

Both unions are pushing TSA Administrator John Pistole to grant screeners collective bargaining rights.

"This important election, together with the much-anticipated grant of collective bargaining rights, will mark the start of a new and exciting chapter for TSA employees, their agency, and the traveling public," Kelley said.

The TSA election will be the largest in federal labor relations history. In 2006, nearly 21,000 CBP employees voted overwhelmingly to be represented by NTEU.

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