Statement from TSA Administrator John Pistole on Union Election Results

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

"Today the Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA) released the unofficial results of the union election at TSA. No ballot option received a majority of votes, meaning that a runoff election is necessary between AFGE and NTEU.

The safety of the traveling public remains our top priority and I have made clear we will not negotiate on security.  However, I continue to believe that employee engagement and morale cannot be separated from achieving superior security. No matter which union ultimately prevails, we hope and expect that they will join us to further improve TSA's performance of its critical security mission and support our frontline officers as they carry out this mission.

Regardless of the final outcome, I remain committed to engaging and supporting TSA employees, and working with them to explore additional ways to accelerate the agency's evolution into a truly risk-based, intelligence-driven organization in every way."

Additional Background:
Earlier this year, Administrator Pistole granted Transportation Security Officers the ability to vote on whether or not they want to be represented by a union for purposes of engaging in limited, clearly defined collective bargaining on non-security-related employment issues.

In his Determination, TSA Administrator Pistole made clear that he would allow bargaining on limited, non-security issues relating to employment including shift bids, transfers and awards.

Bargaining on any issues related to security would be strictly prohibited. For example, bargaining would not be allowed on security policies, procedures or the deployment of security personnel or equipment, pay, pensions and any form of compensation, proficiency testing, job qualifications or discipline standards.

Officers would also be strictly prohibited from striking or engaging in work slowdowns of any kind.  Bargaining would occur at the national level only and employees would not be required to join a union or pay dues. TSA will continue to engage all of its employees directly on terms and conditions of employment and will retain the right to discipline and terminate employees.

Read the complete determination, which lays out the unique framework for collective bargaining at TSA.