AFGE to TSA: End ‘culture of bullying’
- By Sherkiya Wedgeworth
- Apr 15, 2019
The American Federation of Government Employees—the largest federal employee union—is calling on the Transportation Security Administration to end a culture of workplace bullying and retaliation that may have contributed to a TSO’s death.
According to AFGE, new reports indicate that bullying and retaliation from supervisors at Orlando International Airport last month may have caused the TSO to jump to his death at the airport.
Several TSA officers blew the whistle about the bullying, but TSA management failed to address the problem, according the union.
“Our union strongly condemns workplace bullying in any and all forms, and we are calling on TSA to take action to end the pattern of bullying and retaliation, which, some officers report, is pervasive at airports across the country, an April 15 press release states.
Last month, a Department of Homeland Security Office of the Inspector report found that the agency, also fails to hire, recruit and retain the TSOs, which has that have resulted in high turnover rates.
The report cited poor management, such as disrespect, promotion of negative work environment, and lack of trust as reasons TSA officers leave their jobs.
Hydrick Thomas, president of AFGE’s TSA Council, which represents more than 44,000 TSOs throughout the nation, said in the release: “It is never ok for an employee to be bullied at work. To hear that bullying may have contributed to this TSA officer’s tragic and untimely death shows a failure of leadership at TSA.
“TSA must take action to address the culture of bullying that has taken root at Orlando International Airport,” he added.