Moving Forward On TSA Representation – FedBlog

The American Federation of Government Employees announced Monday that it has filed a petition with the Federal Labor Relations Authority to become the sole representative of 40,000 Transportation Security Officers — setting off yet another fight with a rival union, the National Treasury Employees Union.

Under current law, no union is allowed to represent TSOs for collective bargaining, although both unions have represented TSA employees for other purposes, such as arbitration. But even though a bill enabling collective bargaining rights for TSA employees is still before the Senate — and even though there is no nominee to head the TSA since Erroll Southers withdrew his name — AFGE said it thought now was the right time for an election to establish a single representative.