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Air Safety is About Protecting People, Not Profits

April 02, 2015

AFGE Local 556 members at Orlando Airport have seen the fruits of their labor as the TSA Committee of the Greater Orlando Airport Authority (GOAA) maintained federal security screeners at checkpoints rather than hiring private, for-profit contractors.

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Categories: TSA

What TSA Needs Is a New Law Enforcement Unit

March 27, 2015

A man armed with homemade explosives, a machete, and a bottle of poison walked into the New Orleans airport and attacked Transportation Security Officers. How many more TSOs have to get hurt or killed before TSA does something?

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Categories: TSA

For These Married TSOs, Shutdown Comes with Double the Anxiety

February 25, 2015

Being a TSA officer is not easy. It’s a highly stressful job because a single mistake could mean life or death for hundreds of people on board an airplane. And because of their crucial mission, you’d think that TSA officers would get all the support they need to do their job, right? Well, not exactly. Congress is actually threatening to shut down the Department of Homeland Security, the parent agency of TSA. And that means TSA officers will still have to work because their job is considered essential. They just won’t get paid.

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Categories: TSA, DHS

TSOs Discover Record Number of Firearms

January 26, 2015

TSA officers are doing an outstanding job protecting the flying public. In 2014 alone, TSOs discovered a record 2,212 firearms in carry-on bags at airports across the country; a whopping 22% increase from 2013. Of the guns confiscated by officers, more than 80% were loaded.

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Categories: TSA

Supreme Court Rules against TSA

January 22, 2015

The Supreme Court ruled against the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) this week in the whistleblower case of Department of Homeland Security v. MacLean.  

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Categories: TSA

AFGE Wins against TSA’s Inappropriate AWOL Charge

January 15, 2015

Thanks to AFGE’s outstanding representation, an arbitrator recently reversed a charge of absence without leave (AWOL) against a Newark Airport TSA officer who was unable to get to work because of a severe snowstorm and mass transit issues.

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Categories: TSA

TSO Raises his “Voice”

November 20, 2014

Reality show contestants have all sorts of day jobs – waiting tables, working in cubicles, and waiting for their big break. For “The Voice” top-10 finalist and AFGE member Damien Lawson, his job is more unexpected: he’s a Transportation Security Officer (TSO) at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).

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Categories: TSA

TSO Raises his “Voice”

November 20, 2014

Reality show contestants have all sorts of day jobs – waiting tables, working in cubicles, and waiting for their big break. For “The Voice” top-10 finalist and AFGE member Damien Lawson, his job is more unexpected: he’s a Transportation Security Officer (TSO) at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).

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Categories: TSA

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