Victory Over Atlanta Airport Privatization

An effort by the state of Georgia to take over and privatize the busiest airport in the world has failed, thanks to AFGE, a coalition of labor unions, and TSA Local members at ATL airport.

At the behest of Governor Brian Kemp, the Georgia legislature introduced a bill for the state of Georgia to take control over the Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport from the City of Atlanta. Recognizing that a state-appointed airport authority could have a negative impact on airport workers, the Atlanta North Georgia Labor Council formed a Labor Airport Roundtable consisting of affiliated locals including AFGE, IUPAT, Unite-Here, IAM, and SEIU. The affiliates represent workers at the airport and are organizing unrepresented workers.    

The Labor Airport Roundtable developed a campaign which included lobbying members of the Georgia legislature. AFGE members, retirees, and staff joined the lobbying campaign asking their Georgia representatives and senators to oppose a state takeover. We held press conferences, published an op-ed, showed up at town hall meetings, and lobbied our representatives.

Solidarity NOW!

The need for solidarity with your union brothers and sisters has never been greater. Together, we will fight these privatization battles and increase support for Title 5 rights. Here's how to join us in the fight:

  • Visit the Title 5 page at to find out how to get your member of Congress to become a cosponsor of H.R. 1140 and secure Title 5 Rights for all TSOs.
  • Schedule a legislative Lunch and Learn in April or May to inform your members of AFGE’s efforts to support TSOs. (Contact your district LPO for assistance.)
  • Make contact with and join your local Central Labor Council (CLC). Work with the CLC to create labor roundtable groups for your airport(s) with fellow labor reps and workers that are being organized and represented.

There are countless ways you and your TSA sisters and brothers can be even more involved with YOUR UNION. There is no time like the present to organize and mobilize!

In solidarity,

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