The ranking member of the House Homeland Security Committee is urging Vice President Joe Biden to support a labor union in its contentious negotiations over a collective bargaining agreement with the Transportation Security Administration.
Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., penned his letter to Biden on Tuesday following American Federation of Government Employees President John Gage’s announcement that negotiations with TSA Administrator John Pistole had been “very discouraging.”
Both Gage and Thompson took issue with discussions concerning TSA’s employee grievance process. AFGE is asking for the implementation of an independent third-party review system to settle employee grievances and disputes. TSA’s current setup “does not pass the smell test on independent fairness and neutrality,” Gage said Tuesday.