Fri, Mar 11, 2011
Tabulation To Begin April 20th
Some 44,000 Transportation Security Administration employees
at airports across the country began voting Wednesday on a proposal
to elect the American Federation of Government Employees as their
exclusive union representative. Voting will take place from March 9
to April 19, with the results being tabulated beginning April 20.
The election is being conducted online and via telephone with each
voter receiving a personal ID and PIN number.
As voting got underway, AFGE National President John Gage issued
the following statement:
"There is one reason we are in an election today, and that is
AFGE. This election is only possible because of the innovative,
outside-the-box thinking of AFGE. Only AFGE had the insight to file
a petition for a union election prior to the affirmation of
collective bargaining rights.
"Everyone, including the Treasury union, questioned our
decision to file an election petition without first having
collective bargaining rights, but it doesn't take a genius now to
see the wisdom in that decision. The bargaining rights were
affirmed by the TSA administrator in February, at which point the
election already had been called for. Now, we are able to
immediately settle the question of representation, which means that
AFGE will be poised to begin negotiations immediately after winning
"AFGE leaders, activists and staff have been visiting airports
throughout the country for the past two weeks and one thing is
clear: TSOs are ready to vote overwhelmingly for AFGE. From the
beginning, only AFGE has stood by TSOs. Only AFGE took on the most
powerful government in the world and would not accept that TSOs
could not have a voice at work. Only AFGE never gave up. We have
carried this fight alone.
"I am particularly proud of AFGE's diversity, our union
democracy, and our bottom-up emphasis that keeps our rank-and-file
members first and foremost."
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