Airport screeners ratify first-ever union contract with TSA
The nation’s 44,000 newly unionized airport screeners have ratified their first-ever collective bargaining agreement, giving them more say in what they wear on the job, the shifts they work and the time off they take, whether they can change from part-time to full-time work or back, their union announced today.
The American Federation of Government Employees union, which won the right to represent the screeners in an election last year, said its members voted 17,326 to 1,774 in favor of ratifying the first labor deal struck with the Transportation Security Administration since the agency was founded 10 years ago in the wake of 9/11.
“It feels great,” said Stacy Bodtmann, one of 1,200 screeners at Newark Liberty International Airport, and a member of the union's national negotiating team for its TSA bargaining unit. “It was a good turnout — I wasn’t sure because they gave us limited time to vote — but it was half the workforce, and it was 10-1, a landslide.”
Bodtmann was at AFGE headquarters in Washington D.C., today, for a ratification signing ceremony that involved union and TSA officials. The 3-year deal is effective Dec. 9.
been threatened with their jobs,people have been fired or busted to part time. Anti Union supervisors were put in place at Airports with high probably of organizing. These folks have had a pay freeze for three years,and you wonder why the high turn over. If you have a TSA person in your family you know the real truth as to what is going on.