Federal Employees News Digest
Security officers vote to ratify contract with TSA
- By FEND Staff
- November 19, 2012
The union that represents airport screeners announced Nov. 9 that those employees have voted to ratify the first collective bargaining agreement at the Transportation Security Administration.
The American Federation of Government Employees said the screeners, or transportation security officers, ratified the agreement between AFGE and the TSA on a vote of 17,326 to 1,774.
“This union contract is 11 years in the making,” AFGE National President J. David Cox said in a statement. “Through every battle, every testimony on the Hill, every meeting with management, every union event, every sleepless night, and every rally, AFGE and these TSA officers never lost focus on making this contract a reality.”
Among other things, AFGE said the agreement will provide improved uniforms and permit uniform variations to account for weather and temperature; provide a greater consistency on issues like annual leave bidding and shift trades; and improve the process for shift bidding and movement between full- and part-time.
The agreement will cover approximately 44,000 TSA employees, TSA said.
“The completion of today’s agreement between TSA and AFGE is a milestone in our relationship with our workforce and AFGE," said TSA Administrator John Pistole. “Together, we will continue to secure our nation's transportation systems and keep the traveling public safe.”
The collective bargaining agreement will be implemented Dec. 9, 30 days from the date of ratification, and will remain in effect for a period of three years, TSA said.
TSOs screen approximately 1.8 million travelers each day at more than 450 airports across the country, according to the agency.