TSA Screeners Applaud Training In Passengers' Rights
WASHINGTON, DC--"Members of AFGE Local 1, which is organizing the airport screeners of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), are happy to comply with TSA's plan for rigorous protection of the privacy of airline passengers screened by TSA," said John Gage, national president of the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE). "We only wish that TSA showed the same concern for the constitutional rights of its employees as it does for those of the traveling public.
"In violation of the First Amendment's guarantee of freedom of speech and association," Gage continued, "TSA screeners are forbidden full union rights. Until screeners are granted those rights, they will be obstructed in their quest to fully protect the interests of airline passengers and American taxpayers."
The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) is the largest federal employee union, representing 700,000 workers in the federal government and the government of the District of Columbia.