American Federation of Government Employees President John Gage said he urged Pistole to grant union rights to all agency employees and to take a closer look at the agency’s compensation system.
In a posting on the union’s Web site, Gage noted that Pistole is conducting an impact assessment of how bargaining rights would affect the agency’s ability to perform its mission. Gage said that collective bargaining has never impeded other agencies.
“I encouraged Pistole to look closely at the other areas in the government—Bureau of Prisons, DoD police and firefighters, and Border Patrol Officers—where collective bargaining has been in place for decades,” President Gage said. “When the World Trade Center and the Pentagon were attacked, it was unionized firefighters and police officers who rushed into harm’s way to rescue as many people as they could.”
Pistole also met with National Treasury Employees Union President Colleen Kelley, who called the meeting “very useful and positive step forward for both employees and the agency.” AFGE and NTEU have both petitioned for an election to allow employees to choose one of the unions to serve as the sole representative of TSA Transportation Security Officers.
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