FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 15, 2010
Emily Ryan
(202) 639-6419

Makeda McClune
(786) 797-3587

Florida Senator Dan Gelber, Labor Unions to Join AFGE at Sunday Event Supporting TSA Workers

(FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla.)—The American Federation of Government Employees, the union for Transportation Security Officers (TSO) in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., and across the country, will show its gratitude for the TSA workforce with an event Sunday, July 18 at the Ft. Lauderdale airport. The union will be joined by Florida State Senator Dan Gelber, South Florida AFL-CIO President Fred Frost and Broward County AFL-CIO President Dan Reynolds.
 
“In gratitude of their hard work and commitment to protecting this nation, AFGE would publicly like to say ‘thank you’ to every TSO, and in particular, those throughout the state of Florida,” AFGE 5th District National Vice President Charlotte Flowers said.
 
“We are grateful that Senator Gelber has recognized and supported AFGE’s efforts to ensure that the nation’s Transportation Security Officers be granted full workplace protections, including the right to collective bargaining, which they currently are denied,” AFGE National President John Gage said. “We are appreciative of all his efforts and look forward to hearing him speak.”
 
“Furthermore, AFGE is grateful for the support we have received from the AFL-CIO, and specifically the Florida AFL-CIO and its Central Labor Councils,” Flowers added. “It’s imperative that the TSOs know they are not alone in their fight for full workplace protections, and we thank the AFL for its backing.”
 
WHO:



  • AFGE Local 558

  • Senator Dan Gelber

  • South Florida AFL-CIO President Fred Frost

  • Broward County AFL-CIO President Dan Reynolds


WHAT:


Will hold a press conference in support of collective bargaining rights at TSA
 
WHERE:


Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, Terminal 4, Conf. Room C
 
WHEN:


Sunday, July 18, 2010; 2:30 p.m.
 
TSOs in Ft. Lauderdale are members of AFGE Local 558, which also includes airports in Miami, West Palm Beach, Melbourne and Ft.Myers, Fla. AFGE also has Local 556, which covers airports in northern Florida.
 
AFGE is the only union to represent TSOs since the agency’s inception, and currently has more than 12,000 dues-paying members in 38 AFGE TSA Locals across the country.
 
AFGE earlier this year filed a petition with the Federal Labor Relations Authority for exclusive union representation at TSA, and renewed its call for immediate passage of H.R. 1881, which would be a permanent, legal solution to the matter of collective bargaining rights at TSA.

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