AFGE claims victory for TSA workers in Orlando

The Greater Orlando Aviation Authority has voted to rescind a previous vote to begin the process of privatizing airport security.

The GOAA board voted 6 to 1 in February to begin the process of contracting out its airport security.

The American Federation of Government Employees fought against the move, organizing rallies and garnered support of several lawmakers.

GOAA agreed to a 60-day extension on beginning the transfer of control over to a for-profit firm to allow time for the GOAA to discuss efforts to fix management.

AFGE—which represents more than 45,000 TSA officers nationwide—attributes the overturned decision to its efforts as well as those of TSA, the GOAA Board, and Florida lawmakers.

“We are happy GOAA decided to put the safety of travelers over profit-driven private contractors by rescinding its original vote to replace federally trained TSA officers with private screeners,” AFGE TSA Council President Hydrick Thomas said.

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Thu, May 3, 2018

A loss for taxpayers. A win for "security theater."

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