Local labor activists to show support for AFGE and its TSA members
MINNEAPOLIS, March 7, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Federation of Government Employees, the union for Transportation Security Officers (TSO) in Minneapolis, throughout Minnesota and across the country, will show its gratitude for the TSA workforce with a Unity Event on March 7 at Minneapolis St. Paul International Airport*.
"In appreciation of their hard work and commitment to protecting this nation, AFGE would publicly like to say 'thank you' to every TSO, and in particular, those in Minneapolis," AFGE National President John Gage said.
After a nine-year battle to secure workplace protections for Transportation Security Administration employees, AFGE on Feb. 4 applauded TSA Administrator Pistole for affirming collective bargaining rights and praised TSOs across the country for their unwavering commitment and tenacity in fighting for collective bargaining rights to be settled.
AFGE also is in an election for exclusive union representation at TSA. One year ago, AFGE filed a petition with the Federal Labor Relations Authority for exclusive union representation at TSA, and that election has finally been called for March 9-April 19.
TSOs in Minneapolis are part of AFGE Local 899, which covers airports in Minnesota.
AFGE is the only union to represent TSOs since the agency's inception, and currently has more than 12,000 dues-paying members in 40 AFGE TSA Locals across the country. With more than 265,000 dues-paying members in more than 75 federal and D.C. government agencies, AFGE is the single largest federal employee union in the country.
For more information, please visit www.tsaunion.com.
AFGE National President John Gage
AFGE Local 899
Monday, March 7, Noon; MSP airport Metropolitan Room (Lindbergh Terminal/Terminal 1)*
AFGE is the largest federal employee union representing 600,000 workers in the federal government and the government of the District of Columbia.
* The event will take place on the secure side of the terminal. Any media wishing to attend must call Joseph Radinovich in advance at 218-851-1713.
SOURCE American Federation of Government Employees