Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today voted to pass the Rights for Transportation Security Officers Act (H.R. 1140), a bill to ensure that Transportation Security Officers (TSOs) at the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) receive the same rights, protections and benefits in the workplace as other federal employees.
“Transportation Security Officers – including many in Maryland who serve BWI Airport – work tirelessly to protect the flying public and keep our skies and our airports safe,” said Congressman Sarbanes. “They deserve the same rights, workplace protections, compensation and benefits that most other civil servants receive.”
During President Trump’s 2018-2019 government shutdown, TSOs were required work without pay for 35 days. Many TSOs had to find second jobs, rely on charities, subsist on food banks, or consider leaving TSA in order to make ends meet. The Trump Shutdown magnified many of the unfair employment standards and practices currently in place at TSA. This includes denying TSOs full collective bargaining rights and workplace protections.
The Rights for Transportation Security Officers Act would improve employment standards and practices at the TSA, providing TSOs with whistleblower protections, collective bargaining rights, better compensation and the right to appeal adverse actions to the independent Merit Systems Protection Board.