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Rally held for collective bargaining for security officers

By Joe Davidson
Eric Rich

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.”

By Joe Davidson  | February 23, 2010; 4:10 PM ET
Categories:  Administration, Workplace Issues  
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While I read about collective bargaining rallies being held, I have to wonder why the Washington Post does not pick up it's phone and call Senator Pat Roberts office and ask him why The Bureau of the Interior in Washington D.C (which oversees the Bureau of Indian Education including Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, Kansas)is refusing to answer Senator Pat Roberts questions concerning Haskell? It's a mess right now and apparently Larry Echohawk is happy to leave it that way. Come on let's get Stephanie Birdwell-Bighorn out of there who only got the job because she married Spike Bighorn. Haskell's going to get closed unless someone jumps in to save it. Mr. Larry Echohawk begg Dr.Linda Sue Warner to come back before it is too late. Washington Post take a look at The Lawrence Journal World then go to the blog section and in small caps pull up haskellnews..make sure you have the blog..now here is a story for you!!!

Posted by: zooami1 | February 23, 2010 11:56 PM | Report abuse

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