NEWARK— Transportation Security Officers (TSOs) at Newark Liberty International Airport will rally this Friday, March 28, 2014 in support of workplace rights and fair treatment. The TSOs, who are represented by the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), have been denied Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) appeal rights and other basic employee rights that are granted to federal employees at other government agencies.
Since its inception, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has ranked among the worst places to work in the federal government and has an extremely high turnover rate.
Approximately 45,000 TSA officers currently do not have the right to review by an independent third party when faced with adverse actions like removals and suspensions of 15 days or more. Plans to allow employees to appeal discipline and removals to MSPB have stalled over management’s insistence on a post-hearing veto unique to TSA.
“TSA Officers deserve fair treatment and should be granted the same appeal rights as other employees at TSA and most other federal agencies. There is no reason TSA employees should have less rights than other federal employees,” says Stacy Bodtmann, AFGE Council 100 Regional Vice-President for Region 1 and rally organizer.
What: Rally for Fair Treatment and Equal Workplace Rights for TSA Officers
Who: AFGE TSA members and other AFGE members
When: Friday, March 28; 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Where: Newark Liberty International Airport, Terminal B
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