AFL-CIO Unions Rally for TSO Workers

IAM Transportation GVP Robert Roach, Jr. addressed a rally in Washington, D.C., calling for an end to the prohibition against union representation for nation’s 40,000 Transportation Security Officers.

The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) and the AFL-CIO are calling for an end to the Bush-era policy that has been used to prevent lawful collective bargaining rights for 40,000 Transportation Security Officers (TSO) who work for the Transportation Security Agency (TSA).

Hundreds of supporters from various labor unions took part in a February 23 rally in Washington, D.C. to show support for a beleaguered TSA workforce, who provide safety and security for more than 600 million people who fly each year, despite being denied the protection of basic collective bargaining rights for themselves.

In 2001, when the TSA was created, President Bush and congressional Republicans denied TSO’s union and other basic workplace rights declaring that “union rights would jeopardize national security.”

“It’s high time for the administration to correct one of the most offensive anti-union measures of the previous administration and instruct Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano to grant TSOs their full workplace rights,” said Transportation GVP Robert Roach, Jr., who took part in the rally.

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