TSA employees approve new contract

The Transportation Security Administration and the union that represents more than 40,000 TSA employees have come to a tentative new collective bargaining agreement, a year after rejecting the initial agreement.

TSA and the American Federation of Government Employees have gone through several rounds of negotiations after failing to come to an agreement back in December of last year.

At issue were policies TSA employees said led to low morale and poor working conditions such as poor workplace treatment, a high turnover rate and funding shortages.

“We went back to the table to ensure the voices of the 42,000 officers we represent were fully heard,” AFGE National President J. David Cox Sr., said in a statement. “There’s still a long way to go for TSA officers to have the full rights as other federal employees, but this contract improves some terms and conditions of employment,” he added.

Over the summer, TSA officers rallied at airports across the country and TSA headquarters to bring attention to their grievances.

More than 85 percent of TSA officers who voted on the new contract approved the ratification. The new agreement will be Jan. 7, 2017.

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