Final Contract Between Union and TSA Expected Next Week
July 31, 2012
A final labor agreement between the Transportation Security Administration and the union representing airport screeners could come next Wednesday, according to an official involved in the negotiations.
TSA and the American Federation of Government Employees have been huddled in intense negotiations during the past week and will meet July 31 and Aug. 1 to wrap up the talks and announce a deal, said AFGE General Counsel David Borer.
“I am cautiously optimistic,” Borer said on Tuesday. “Both parties have expressed that they believe we are really close to an agreement.” The negotiations have continued for more than 120 days.
The first-ever collective bargaining agreement between the agency and the union will mark a 10-year campaign by AFGE to represent exclusively 45,000 transportation security officers. AFGE won representation in June 2011.