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Posted by leftstreet in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Mon Nov 15th 2010, 01:04 PM

TSA Employees Move Closer To Union Representation

November 15, 2010 – Even as the National Treasury Employees Union (NTEU) eagerly moves to a union representation election for Transportation Security Administration (TSA) employees, its president expressed the union’s determination to accelerate its lead role in the effort to secure much-needed collective bargaining rights for these employees. 

“The action by the Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA) in ordering an election in TSA sharply underscores the critical need for an administrative directive immediately granting much-needed and long delayed collective bargaining rights in TSA,” said NTEU President Colleen M. Kelley.

NTEU continues to press the administration and TSA’s parent agency the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to grant employees collective bargaining rights, and to work with members of Congress on securing bargaining rights for TSA employees. NTEU strongly supports pending legislation—H.R. 1881, introduced by Rep. Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.) and which now has some 150 co-sponsors—that would codify the right of TSA employees to bargain collectively.

http://avstop.com/news_november_2010/tsa_e...



TSA employees can vote on union representation, labor board rules


By Joe Davidson
In a significant victory for federal employee unions, the Federal Labor Relations Authority decided Friday that Transportation Security Administration staffers will be allowed to vote on union representation.

The decision clears the way for a campaign by the government's two largest labor organizations, the American Federation of Government Employees and the National Treasury Employees Union, to represent some 50,000 transportation security officers.


http://voices.washingtonpost.com/federal-e...



But wait, let us cue the anti-labor violins





A Unionized TSA Will Make Our Airports Less Safe

By Warner Todd Huston Nov 15, 2010

Everywhere you turn the Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) is getting lambasted. If it isn't people refusing to abide by TSA directions, it's stories of a "backlash against body scanners" because of the abusive treatment that TSA employees are doling out to travelers. People are becoming fed up with the whole edifice. But imagine how much worse this situation will get if the TSA is allowed to unionize?

This decision opens the possibilities that the American Federation of Government Employees and the National Treasury Employees Union could vie to represent the 50,000 employees of the TSA.


Many TSA security officers have already joined one or another of these unions but law prohibits them from collective bargaining at this time. Perhaps early next year this new ruling will allow the TSA officers to choose which of the two unions will exclusively represent them.

Read more: http://www.chicagonow.com/blogs/publius-fo...


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