AFGE union files to become rep for TSA workers
Updated 2:27 p.m. ET
By The Post's Federal Diary columnist Joe Davidson:
Taking the battle over airport security officers to the next level, the American Federation of Government Employees announced Monday that it is filing a petition seeking an election to represent the workers.
The petition to the Federal Labor Relations Authority is an escalation in the long battle over collective bargaining rights for transportation security officers who screen luggage at the nation's airports.
Both AFGE and the National Treasury Employees Union have signed up TSOs as members in preparation for an eventual election. Though TSOs are union members, they do not have collective bargaining rights. Until now, the labor organizations have worked to get those rights administratively and legislatively, before seeking an election.
But the recent withdrawal of Erroll Southers as President Obama's nominee to head the Transportation Security Administration was a setback for the unions.
"By settling the question of representation first, AFGE will be ready to begin negotiations as soon as the bargaining rights are established," said John Gage, AFGE president.
NTEU President Colleen M. Kelley responded to the AFGE announcement by saying her union would win any election. But she added that “It would be a far better scenario for employees if the administration would grant them collective bargaining rights. It is unclear what an exclusive representative would mean under this structure.”
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