Rally held for collective bargaining for security officers
By The Post's Federal Diary columnist Joe Davidson:
A few hundred demonstrators, many wearing blue-knit AFGE hats, rallied within sight of the White House Tuesday to support collective bargaining rights for transportation security officers.
The skies were cloudy and the temperature was brisk, but the union members were fired up by drummers and calls to support the American Federation of Government Employees. It has petitioned the Federal Labor Relations Authority for an election that would allow 40,000 airport screeners the right to chose a bargaining agent. AFGE and the rival National Treasury Employees Union are competing for their support and what would be a major prize in labor organizing.
Several labor leaders addressed the rally, which was held outside the AFL-CIO headquarters, just across Lafayette Park from the White House.
The TSO effort is now the “largest organizing drive in the United States,” said Larry Cohen, president of the Communication Workers of America. AFGE’s petition represents the resurgence of organized labor, he added: “We’re back. ... We’re fighting back. ... We’re going to win.”
| February 23, 2010; 4:10 PM ET
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