January 30, 2003
Diane Witiak
John Irvine
(202) 639-6419

AFGE Submits Arguments to FLRA Over TSA Jurisdiction Question: “TSA’s Argument is Fundamentally Flawed,” Says Union Lawyers

(WASHINGTON, D.C.)—AFGE submitted arguments to the Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA) office in Boston yesterday stating that the FLRA does have jurisdiction to rule upon the petitions for union representation filed on behalf of airport screeners at LaGuardia and Baltimore Washington International (BWI) airports.

At issue in the case is whether or not the federalized Transportation Security Administration (TSA) workforce will be allowed to vote for or against union representation.

Some of AFGE’s arguments (below) were filed shortly after TSA contended that the FLRA does not have jurisdiction.
  • The Aviation and Security Act does not deprive the FLRA of jurisdiction to rule upon the representation petitions in these cases; and,
  • TSA’s James Loy was without statutory authority to issue a directive depriving employees of TSA of their statutory right to bargain collectively.

“Collective bargaining has proven not to be a barrier to the flexibilities this administration seeks,” stated AFGE National President Bobby L. Harnage. “Our question is: what is TSA’s true agenda when it claims that this workforce doesn’t have the same rights that private sector aviation transportation workers currently enjoy?”

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