The National Treasury Employees Union filed a petition March 17 with the Federal Labor Relations Authority asking for an election to determine which union will represent the Transportation Security Administration once its employees are granted collective bargaining rights. (David McNew / Getty Images)
The National Treasury Employees Union today officially joined the fight to represent about 40,000 Transportation Security Administration screeners.
NTEU filed a petition with the Federal Labor Relations Authority asking for an election to determine which union will represent TSA once its employees are granted collective bargaining rights, as President Obama has pledged to do. The American Federation of Government Employees, NTEU's chief rival, filed a similar petition with FLRA Feb. 22.
FLRA refused to hold an election seven years ago because TSA did not have collective bargaining rights. And although NTEU thinks it is premature to ask for an election before the collective bargaining issue is settled, the union is acting to ensure it is not left off of the ballot if FLRA approves an election this time.
NTEU President Colleen Kelley said 30 percent of TSA screeners are NTEU members or have otherwise indicated they support the union. AFGE said last month it has about 13,000 dues-paying members.
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