WASHINGTON– The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) today released new labor-management relationship guidelines between the agency and the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), the union representing TSA Officers. The Determination, AFGE says, fails to address the union’s main concerns and does little to improve the falling employee morale.
“This new Determination proves once again that TSA is not interested in following the universally accepted norms of labor law,” said AFGE National President J. David Cox, Sr. “TSA wants to create a one-way relationship where the agency holds all of the cards, leaving TSA Officers out to dry.”
The new Determination does nothing to expand the rights and protections that are given to almost all federal employees.
“For over a decade, AFGE has called on TSA to restore a collaborative, cooperative approach to our labor-management relations, but we need TSA to meet us halfway,” said Cox. “TSA needs to stop treating these public servants like second class federal employees, and embrace a principled labor-management relationship like every other federal agency, including many others in Homeland Security.”
Issued in an online notice to employees by TSA Administrator Peter Neffenger, the Determination comes in the midst of a new contract negotiations period between AFGE and TSA. The bargaining unit employees did not ratify the collective bargaining agreement that was negotiated between the parties in the fall of last year. The parties are back atthe bargaining table for an additional 45 business days from August 1 to October 3, 2016.