James Griffin, a Transportation Security Administration employee from Chicago, encourages his fellow TSA workers during a protest outside TSA headquarters. / Mike Morones / Staff
Transportation Security Administration officers gathered Feb. 12 outside the TSA headquarters in Arlington, Va., to protest their inability to have adverse personnel decisions reviewed, something most other federal employees can do.
About 45,000 TSA officers do not have the right to have removals or suspensions reviewed by a third party, such as the Merit Systems Protection Board, according to the American Federation of Government Employees.
“The right to appeal such adverse actions to the Merit Systems Protection Board would ensure fairness and transparency that has been missing at TSA, where review has been pursuant to limited, internal procedures under the control and direction of TSA management,” AFGE president J. David Cox said in a statement.
The protest is part of a larger series of efforts across the country to give TSA officers the same rights as TSA managers — who do receive third-party review of removals and suspensions.