AFGE program to highlight urgent need for TSA collective bargaining rights
MINNEAPOLIS, Jan. 8 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- With more than 12,000 Transportation Security Administration members in 36 Locals nationwide, the American Federation of Government Employees will celebrate its newest group, Local 899, with a solidarity event Jan. 11 at Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport. Congressman Keith Ellison will join AFGE to show his support for the TSA workforce. Members of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers also have been invited to attend.
At the event, AFGE Local 899 President Dean Johnson will discuss the union's eight-year campaign to secure collective bargaining rights for Transportation Security Officers. Unlike their counterparts in the rest of the Department of Homeland Security, TSOs are denied the right to collectively bargain. Although TSOs are not afforded those rights, AFGE does represent them before the EEOC and in court. AFGE court cases have resulted in TSA being held to the Rehabilitation Act, TSOs having the right to have constitutional issues heard in the courts, and countless TSOs getting their jobs back or demotions being overturned.
AFGE has represented the TSA workforce since the agency was created in 2001. The union currently has approximately 12,000 dues-paying TSA members at more than 100 airports in 36 union Locals nationwide.
Local 899 covers TSOs at airports throughout Minnesota, and is part of AFGE's District 8, representing members in Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota.
WHO: AFGE Local 899 leaders and members Congressman Keith Ellison, D-Minn. Bill McCarthy, president, Minneapolis Regional Labor Federation, AFL-CIO Steve Hunter, secretary-treasurer, Minnesota AFL-CIO WHAT: AFGE will host a solidarity event to show support for Minneapolis TSA workers WHERE: Minneapolis-Saint Paul International/Wold-Chamberlain Airport, Lindberg Terminal on the Mezzanine Level (East End) WHEN: Monday, Jan. 11; 1:30 p.m.
AFGE is the largest federal employee union representing 600,000 workers in the federal government and the government of the District of Columbia, including tens of thousands of DHS employees in Border Patrol, Citizenship and Immigration Services, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Federal Protective Service, FEMA, Coast Guard and TSA.
SOURCE American Federation of Government Employees