January 20, 2011
Emily Ryan
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TSA Union: We’re Closing in on an Election

(WASHINGTON) - Following its second consent meeting for a union election at the Transportation Security Administration, the American Federation of Government Employees said it is one step away from the election being set.

“It was a good meeting today, where all parties were in general agreement to most of the election terms,” AFGE Membership and Organization Deputy Director Cathie McQuiston said. “Unfortunately, TSA got hung up on a technicality and so the election has not yet been finalized.

“The Agency is holding up finalizing the election terms because it seeks a bargaining unit description that departs from the norm,” McQuiston added. “There is no dispute over the bargaining unit positions, just the language used to describe the unit.”

“The FLRA has moved expeditiously throughout this entire process and we are hopeful they will continue to do so,” AFGE National President John Gage said. “Barring any unforeseen delays, we believe voting will begin by mid-March.”

AFGE is the only union to represent TSOs since the agency’s inception, and currently has more than 12,000 dues-paying members in 38 AFGE TSA Locals across the country. For more information, please visit

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