FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 27, 2002
John Irvine
(202) 639-6419

AFGE Files to Represent Screeners at Laguardia-Second Airport in Nine Days

(WASHINGTON, D.C.)-AFGE filed a petition yesterday with the Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA) office in Boston to hold an election to represent approximately 650 Transportation Security Administration (TSA) screeners at LaGuardia International Airport (LGA) in the Borough of Queens, New York City.

"AFGE supports TSA's important mission in protecting the American people over the Thanksgiving holiday and everyday of the year," said AFGE National President Bobby L. Harnage, Sr., "but TSA must do more for screeners."

LGA, which serviced 25,374,866 passengers in 2000, is the second airport that AFGE has filed for representation this month. On November 18, AFGE filed with the FLRA to represent approximately 500 workers at Baltimore-Washington International Airport (BWI).

TSA passenger, baggage and lead screeners at LGA have been working mandatory six- and seven-day workweeks and ten- and twelve-hour shifts. Supervisors continually cancel leave and regularly change work schedules without notice. Such changes affect the morale of screeners, especially those with childcare responsibilities.

"TSA screeners at LGA and BWI are looking to AFGE to promote their interests and rights on the job so they can do their job, " added Harnage. "AFGE plans to work cooperatively with TSA officials to improve the work lives of screeners at LGA and nationwide."

AFGE is the largest federal employees union in the United States, representing 600,000 federal and D.C. workers. For more information on AFGE and federal screeners, log onto www.screenersunion.org.

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