AFSA rallies with AFGE

Rally Part of Day of Action by AFL-CIO

The conflict in Wisconsin and the widespread assault on workers’ rights has ignited the labor movement. To combat the attacks on the hardworking middle class, the AFL-CIO hosted a national Day of Action on April 4 that AFSA participated in with fellow unions.

Beginning with worship services over the weekend and continuing throughout the week, unions, people of faith, civil and human rights activists, students and other progressive allies across the nation hosted a range of community- and workplace-focused actions.

On April 4, AFSA President Diann Woodard and Nick Spina, AFSA’s director of government affairs, attended an AFGE solidarity event at BWI Airport. The event was held to honor the work of the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and to support AFGE as the exclusive union representative at the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).

On June 23, it was announced that AFGE had won the election among transportation security officers (TSOs). This was a long campaign in which AFGE worked by the side of TSOs for almost 10 years. The vote was 8,903 for AFGE and 8,447 for the National Treasury Employees Union.

The office of AFL-CIO President Rich Trumka released a statement saying, “Congratulations to President Gage and his team for this victory. We could not be happier to welcome 43,000 new workers into our Federation.”

AFSA is proud to support AFGE at the April 4 rally and in its recent election success.

Amy Lloyd, AFGE District 4 Legislative and Political Director, with AFSA President Diann Woodard at the Solidarity event at BWI Airport on April 4.