TSA Workers Win Right to Organize
Nearly a year after Jobs with Justice coalitions joined in solidarity actions in airports around the country, employees of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) won the right to organize and collectively bargain from the Federal Labor Relations Authority. From March 9 to April 19, 2011, workers will vote on if to join the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE). The elections will include Transportation Security Officers, Lead Transportation Security Officers, Master Transportation Security Officers, Expert Transportation Security Officers, Behavior Detection Officers, Security Training Instructors and Equipment Maintenance Technicians.
A victory in their election would mean union representation for an estimated 40,000 workers, and would be a huge gain against the right-wing attack on public sector workers! It is important to keep up the solidarity and even ramp it up a bit to give airport workers a proper welcome into the union movement.