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Airport screeners seek union

January 14, 2003

A petition filed by more than 150 of the Pittsburgh-based screeners of passengers and baggage has been filed with the Federal Labor Relations Authority. Also, AFGE has filed a federal lawsuit in Washington, D.C., against Transportation Under Secretary James Loy that could make way for all of the nation's 55,000 airport screeners to become union members.

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Another Take on Homeland Security

January 13, 2003

First, Bush officials set up www.dhs.gov as a way to communicate with the more than 170,000 employees moving to the Department of Homeland Security.

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U.S. Transportation Leader Acts to Stop Screeners' Union Effort

January 09, 2003

The official, Adm. James Loy, the under secretary of transportation for security, said he was authorized by Congress to thwart unionizing activity in the interest of national security. "Fighting terrorism demands a flexible work force that can rapidly respond to threats," said Admiral Loy, who cited his legal authority under the Aviation and Transportation Security Act, approved within two months of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

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U.S. Won 't Let New Air- Security Screeners Unionize

January 09, 2003

The decision-affecting roughly 56,000 workers checking passengers and luggage for weapons Or explosives at more than 400 U.S. airports-came in response to petitions filed with the Federal Labor Relations Authority by a federal-employees union seeking permission to represent the screeners. It is the latest sign of the administration's insistence on flexibility in managing the new Homeland Security Department, which will soon oversee the Transportation Security Administration and 21 other federal agencies.

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