As promised, the National Treasury Employees Union filed a petition with the Federal Labor Relations Authority, seeking to become the sole representative of 40,000 Transportation Security Administration employees.
NTEU's rival, the American Federation of Government Employees, filed a similar petition in February. Both unions are asking for an election to determine the issue.
Currently, transportation security officers officers do not have the right to collectively bargain. A bill which would open the agency to unionization was approved by the House Committee on Homeland Security, and the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, but has yet to receive a vote on the floor.
In its release, the NTEU noted that it already represents 24,000 employees at Customs and Border Protection, which--like the TSA--is part of the Department of Homeland Security.
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