Gage, one of 12 union leaders at the meeting of the Senate Democratic Caucus, stressed that Transportation Security Officers not only need collective bargaining rights, but also workplace protections from discrimination and retaliation the union says are rampant at TSA. The agency generally ranks at or near the bottom in federal employee satisfaction surveys, Gage said.
Gage encouraged the senators to work to overcome Republican resistance to H.R. 1881, which would grant the bargaining rights to TSOs and get rid of TSA’s current pay system.
AFGE, along with the National Treasury Employees Union, have filed petitions with the Federal Labor Relations Authority seeking an election to become the exclusive representative of TSA’s 40,000 employees. FLRA in 2003 rejected an AFGE petition for a TSA election. While both unions have TSA chapters and represent TSOs in various venues, TSOs under law are denied the right to bargain collectively.
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