TSA Union to Celebrate Seattle Workers at Wednesday Event

February 15, 2011

Local labor activists to show support for AFGE and its TSA members

SEATTLE, Feb. 15, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ –The American Federation of Government Employees, the union for Transportation Security Officers (TSO) in Seattle and across the country, will show its gratitude for the TSA workforce with a Solidarity Stand Wednesday, Feb. 16 from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Sea-Tac Airport’s Summit Room

“In appreciation of their hard work and commitment to protecting this nation, AFGE would publicly like to say ‘thank you’ to every TSO, and in particular, those in Seattle,” AFGE 11th District National Vice President Gerald Swanke said.

After a nine-year battle to secure workplace protections for Transportation Security Administration employees, AFGE on Feb. 4 applauded TSA Administrator Pistole for affirming collective bargaining rights and praised TSOs across the country for their unwavering commitment and tenacity in fighting for collective bargaining rights to be settled.

“For nine years, TSOs have had to deal with issues of dangerous workplaces, discrimination, selective hiring practices, nepotism, management intimidation, and reports of lax oversight at the agency with only AFGE to stand between them and an often arbitrary and capricious management. Many issues will be up for negotiations, including seniority, shift biddings, transfers, awards and the mechanics of the agency’s flawed and subjective pay-for-performance system known as PASS,” said AFGE National Secretary-Treasurer J. David Cox, who will be in attendance at Wednesday’s event.

AFGE’s Solidarity Stand will be attended by AFGE leaders and activists, as well as members of the AFL-CIO and its affiliate unions.

One year ago, AFGE filed a petition with the Federal Labor Relations Authority for exclusive union representation at TSA, and that election has finally been called for March 9-April 19.

“AFGE can truthfully and proudly say that we have been the only union at airports around the country for nine years fighting for the respect and dignity due TSOs. As the only union with strong backing from the powerful AFL-CIO and its 12 million members, we have the utmost confidence that TSOs will join the tens of thousands of other DHS employees already represented by AFGE and vote overwhelmingly for AFGE,” AFGE National President John Gage said.

TSOs in Seattle are members of AFGE Local 1121, which includes airports throughout Washington and Alaska. 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 264,000 dues-paying members in more than 75 federal and D.C. government agencies, AFGE is the single largest federal employee union in the country.

For more information, please visit www.tsaunion.com.

AFGE is the largest federal employee union representing 600,000 workers in the federal government and the government of the District of Columbia.

SOURCE American Federation of Government Employees

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