Aug 02, 2012
The American Federation of Government Employees, which last year won the right to represent 45,000 airport screeners, announced that it has reached an agreement on its first contract with the Transportation Security Administration.
Screeners chose AFGE to serve as their sole labor representative just over a year ago in an election that pitted the union against the National Treasury Employees Union. Both unions had served as advocates for the screeners prior to the election.
“For 10 long years AFGE has fought hard so that transportation security officers would have collective bargaining rights,” AFGE National President John Gage said in a press statement. “We have often looked back and wondered why it was taking so long. Today we begin to look forward.”
AFGE TSA Council 100 President Kim Kraynak-Lambert said the new agreement will provide the opportunity “to form a true labor-management partnership.”
“And, contrary to some of the misinformation circulating about TSA, an agreement will not adversely affect security,” she said. “Security-related matters were strictly excluded from negotiations.”
Gage said the contract will provide greater uniformity on the treatment of employees. “Both parties believe the agreement will also provide much needed schedule flexibility,” he said. “ Improvements in working conditions will also benefit both TSA and the officers by fostering a family-friendly workplace where the employees have greater job satisfaction and feel supported in performing their important security work.”
TSOs now must vote to ratify the contract, a process that will take place in coming months, AFGE said.