TSOs Pitch Workplace Rights to Labor Secretary
September 16, 2009
Two American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) members met this week with Labor Secretary Hilda Solis and urged her to provide union rights for Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Transportation Security Officers (TSO), according to AFGE. TSOs Shawn Williams and Kim Kraynak shared with Solis their workplace experiences at TSA and stressed the need for collective bargaining rights for employees at the agency. AFGE said the meeting took place at the AFL-CIO convention, which is being held this week in Pittsburgh. TSOs currently are denied collective bargaining rights. “We only want what other federal employees—including those in the rest of the Department of Homeland Security—already have,” Williams said she told Solis. “We are not looking for special treatment.” Kraynak is AFGE Local 332 president and Williams is the chapter’s women’s coordinator. To see more, go to: www.afge.org/Index.cfm?Page=PressReleases&PressReleaseID=1043.