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Tsa Collective Bargaining Agreement

“Today`s agreement between TSA and AFGE is an important step in our relationship with our employees and AFGE,” said TSA Administrator John S. Pistole. “Together, we will continue to secure our nation`s transportation systems and keep the public safe.” The collective agreement is implemented 30 days after the day of ratification and will remain in force for a period of three years. When Congress first introduced the TSA after the September 11, 2001, attacks, it released the Agency from Title 5 of the U.S. Code and gave it wide leeway to determine employee pay and performance, as well as to discipline and lay off workers. TSA employees were only allowed to unionize in 2011 and have only reduced tariffs compared to the rest of federal staff. The Rights for Transportation Security Officers Act (H.R. 1140), introduced by Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss, and Nita Lowey, N.Y., would grant Title 5 rights to all TSA employees. The bill would provide workers with full collective bargaining rights, due process and whistleblower protection, and tie compensation to the overall schedule. WASHINGTON – The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) today ratified a collective agreement with the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE). The agreement applies to approximately 44,000 TSA employees and will come into force on December 9, 2012.

The provision of the law, which orders the TSA to enter into collective bargaining with staff, explicitly states that they negotiate with AFGE or a “succession organization” that retains the voting rights of workers to be represented by a new union if they wish. “Over the past 10 years, there have been huge sales at TSA, and the fact is that very few people at TSA voted for AFGE today to be the union,” rogers said. “If this were to become law, we should at least allow workers to decide who their representation will be.” “For the TSA to succeed in its mission with its unique operational needs, we have tasked TSA with unique authorities to respond to the growing threats,” he said. “TSA has used it over time to stay flexible. . . . Because each airport has its own unique threat landscape.┬áThe House of Representatives voted Thursday 230-171 to pass legislation that would give transportation security administration employees the rights and protection of the vast majority of federal staff. HISTORY: The Union is asking the DIRECTOR of the OPM to withdraw his proposal to limit paid parental leave “The modern and agile system devised by Congress has never been achieved,” he said.