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TSA, union ratify first agreement

Nov. 9, 2012 - 01:12PM   |  
By ANDY MEDICI   |   Comments
Transportation Security Administration screeners on Friday ratified their first-ever collective bargaining agreement with the agency in a 17,326-1,774 vote.
Transportation Security Administration screeners on Friday ratified their first-ever collective bargaining agreement with the agency in a 17,326-1,774 vote. (File)

Transportation Security Administration screeners on Friday ratified their first-ever collective bargaining agreement with the agency in a 17,326-1,774 vote.

J. David Cox, national president of the American Federation of Government Employees, which represents TSA workers, said the agreement will improve working conditions and morale and thus reduce turnover.

“This is important because low morale leads to unsafe levels of attrition in an agency where a stable, professional workforce of career employees is vital to its national security mission,” Cox said.

The agreement, according to AFGE:

• Establishes a new performance management system that evaluates screeners’ “actual performance of their duties.” It replaces the controversial Performance Accountability and Standards System — a pay-for-performance system AFGE has said is discriminatory.

• Permits uniform variations to account for inclement weather and temperatures.

• Provides a more consistent process for moving between part-time and full-time employment, trading shifts and approving annual leave.

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