House Passes Bill Granting TSA Employees Full Workers Rights - March 5, 2020
The Rights for Transportation Security Officers Act would bring the Transportation Security Administration workforce under Title 5 of the U.S. Code, granting them access to the General Schedule pay system and a slew of other rights and protections.
Erich Wagner, Government Executive
The House on Thursday voted 230-171 to pass a bill that would grant employees of the Transportation Security Administration the rights and protections enjoyed by the vast majority of the federal workforce.
When Congress first established the TSA following the September 11, 2001 attacks, it exempted the agency from Title 5 of the U.S. Code, giving it broad latitude to determine employees’ pay and benefits, as well as to discipline and fire workers. Employees at TSA were not allowed to unionize until 2011, and even now have only abridged collective bargaining rights when compared with the rest of the federal workforce.