TSA union vote tentatively set for March/April

Washington Post staff

Transportation Security officers will have to wait a little longer to find out when they will vote on which union to represent them, though a tentative date has been set.

Representatives of the Transportation Security Administration, American Federation of Government Employees, National Treasury Employees Union and the Federal Labor Relations Authority met Friday to discuss details of the election, which would allow the officers to choose between the two unions.

They made significant progress, union officials said, but did not reach agreement on everything.

Treasury union president Colleen M. Kelley said that two issues remain. The representatives have agreed on which employees are eligible to vote, she said, but have not finalized a legal description of the "bargaining unit." They're also still negotiating over the language to be used in the election notice to employees.

The balloting is tentatively scheduled for March 9 through April 19, with the Labor Relations Authority counting the votes on April 20, according to the Treasury union. Voting will be conducted online and through a toll-free phone number.

An official with the government employees federation blamed the delay on TSA.

"The agency is holding up finalizing the election terms because it seeks a bargaining unit description that departs from the norm," said Cathie McQuiston, deputy director of AFGE membership and organization. "There is no dispute over the bargaining unit positions, just the language used to describe the unit."

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