(WASHINGTON)—Thousands of members of the 57 AFL-CIO labor union affiliates will converge on airports across the country to show support for Transportation Security Officers and efforts by the American Federation of Government Employees to gain collective bargaining rights at TSA.
“AFGE has been in a campaign to restore the workplace protections stolen from TSOs for eight years,” AFGE National President Gage said. “It’s been a long and difficult fight, and our TSO members tell us they often feel tired and defeated. The TSOs are so close to getting the collective bargaining rights they so desperately need.
“It’s more important than ever that we all show support for this dedicated workforce,” Gage continued. “AFGE thanks the AFL-CIO and all of its affiliates for their unwavering support for TSO bargaining rights, and for AFGE as the union for TSA workers.”
“From the beginning, AFGE has stood with the TSOs to defend their rights on the job and improve working conditions,” AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said. “We believe the best way to build power for all TSOs is to join AFGE and the 11.5 million members of AFL-CIO affiliated unions.”
Unlike stand-alone unions, AFGE enjoys the benefits that come with being a part of the AFL-CIO, including the umbrella group’s enormous clout across the country. Unions from across the nation have signed resolutions and letters of endorsements supporting AFGE’s campaign to represent TSOs, and specifically have singled out AFGE as the overwhelming choice as sole representative of the TSA workforce. A list of supporting organizations can be found at www.afge.org/tsasupporters.
Solidarity events are being held in and around airports in more than 30 cities nationwide. A complete list of event locations and dates can be found at www.afge.org/solidarityevents. Details also can be found at www.tsaunion.net or by calling AFGE’s TSA hotline at 1-866-392-6832.
AFGE has represented the TSA workforce since the agency was created in 2001. The union currently has approximately 12,000 dues-paying TSA members at more than 100 airports in 36 union Locals nationwide.