Local labor activists to show support for AFGE and its TSA members
BOSTON, March 3, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Federation of Government Employees, the union for Transportation Security Officers (TSO) in Boston, throughout Massachusetts and across the country, will show its gratitude for the TSA workforce with a Unity Event on March 4 at Logan Airport. U.S. Rep. Stephen Lynch will join AFGE, as will New Hampshire AFL-CIO President Mark McKenzie and Professional Firefighters of Massachusetts President Ed Kelly.
"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 Boston," 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 John 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 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.
In addition to Lynch, McKenzie and Kelly, AFGE's Unity Event will be attended by AFGE leaders and activists, as well as members of the AFL-CIO and its affiliate unions.
TSOs in Boston are part of AFGE Local 2617, which covers airports in Massachusetts and New Hampshire.
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 264,000 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 Local 2617
U.S. Rep. Stephen Lynch
New Hampshire AFL-CIO President Mark McKenzie
Professional Firefighters of Massachusetts President Ed Kelly
Friday, March 4, 10 a.m. - Noon; Logan Airport Media Room between Terminals B and C
AFGE is the largest federal employee union representing 600,000 workers in the federal government and the government of the District of Columbia.
SOURCE American Federation of Government Employees