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August 02, 2012

Thompson Statement on Agreement for TSA Worker Protections

(WASHINGTON) – Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, released the below statement following news that the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) came to an agreement on a collective bargaining agreement.

I am very pleased that TSA and AFGE came to an agreement on a collective bargaining agreement early this morning. Finally, after a ten-year struggle, Transportation Security Officers are a major step closer to securing the basic workplace rights that they deserve. This has been a long but worthwhile effort as collective bargaining can enhance workforce productivity, morale, and TSA's mission without affecting security. I look forward to ratification of the agreement by the TSA workforce so that these protections can be realized by the men and women who serve on the frontline of securing our skies.

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