Transportation security officers will be able to vote on their first collective bargaining agreement from Oct. 1 through Nov. 2, according to the American Federation of Government Employees.
Voting will be conducted at workplaces and by mail. Vote-counting is scheduled to conclude by Nov. 9.
The vote comes after a decade-long effort to win collective bargaining rights for the 45,000 transportation security officers who screen passengers and baggage at U.S. airports.
“If ratified, the agreement will provide important new workplace rights, improvements, protections and flexibilities,” AFGE says on its Web site. “This contract is focused on the issues important to officers across the nation’s airports and will provide for increased uniformity, transparency and fair treatment. This agreement will also strengthen officers’ ability to carry out TSA’s vital mission of protecting the American people by fostering a family-friendly workplace where the employees have greater job satisfaction and feel supported in performing their important security work.”
At the time, TSA Administrator John Pistole said the agreement “represents a significant milestone in our relationship with our employees.”
Congressional views split along party lines, with Democrats praising TSA and AFGE for reaching an agreement and Republicans saying the deal could hinder the agency from moving toward a leaner workforce.
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