Union members support collective bargaining for TSA workers

Seán Kinane

The employees responsible for security at airports do not currently have the right to collectively bargain with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).

At Tampa International Airport yesterday, local union members, including president of West Central Florida Federation of Labor Central Labor Council Robert Ray, expressed their support for the Transportation Security Officers.

Aaron Wazlavek, a national organizer with the American Federation of Government Employees, was one of fourteen union members to sign a solidarity pact supporting the Transportation Security Officers. Wazlavek says TSOs should have the right to collectively bargain, in part because of high injury rates and other working conditions.

Low morale, according to Democratic State Representative Bill Heller, leads to an unsafe level of employee turnover.

In September, President Barack Obama selected Erroll Southers to head TSA. Heller hopes that Southers will be confirmed quickly by the Senate.

The solidarity statement was signed in conjunction with National TSO Solidarity Week, which, according to the organizers, has events in more than thirty cities across the country.

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