(WASHINGTON)—The American Federation of Government Employees met today with officials from the Federal Labor Relations Authority, Transportation Security Administration, and the runner-up in the recent TSA election to come to an agreement about how and when the runoff election will take place.
The group agreed that the runoff election between AFGE and the runner-up will be held May 23-June 21 via telephone and the Internet, just like the first election. The tally will be on June 23. The FLRA will mail election packages to TSOs on May 23 with the instructions on the front page. Each voter will receive a package that includes new voter identification and personal identification numbers.
AFGE won the most votes – 8,369 – in the first election that wrapped up April 20. The other union received 8,095 votes, and there were 3,111 votes for no union. Because no one received a majority of the votes, the FLRA called for a runoff election between AFGE and the other union, while the choice of no union was dropped.
“AFGE won the first round of a fierce contest against a worthy opponent,” AFGE National President John Gage said. “We expect to win the runoff election as well and are pleased that the FLRA has cleared the way for a swift resolution to this process. I’m asking TSOs to come out and vote for us one more time. We’re one step closer to bringing you a better workplace.”
AFGE is the only union to represent TSOs since the agency’s inception, and currently has more than 12,000 dues-paying members in 40 AFGE TSA Locals across the country. With more than 265,000 dues-paying members in more than 75 federal and D.C. government agencies, AFGE is the single largest federal employee union in the country.