You can be connected to your congressional representative by calling the US Capital at 202-225-3121 then listen to the selection and press 2) House Representative. You will be prompted to enter your zip code to locate your representatives.
Phone Script for your Congressional Representative Phone Call:
"Hello, my name is _____, and I'm a member of the American Federation of Government Employees, an employee of the Transportation Security Agency (TSA) at (_______ airport code). I am asking you to co-sponsor and SUPPORT H.R 2309 introduced by Representative Bennie Thompson. This bill would provide TSA Officers the same rights and protections under Title 5 as the rest of the federal workforce, including the Department of Homeland Security. TSA officer deserve fair pay under the standard General Schedule pay system, as well as worker protections under the Family and Medical Leave Act and the Fair Labor Standards Act. The right to appeal adverse personnel decisions to an objective third-party. TSO deserve these rights, and I ask you to support the H.R. 2309."
• Congress should pass the Strengthening American Transportation Security Act introduced by Sen. Brian Schatz. Both bills would provide TSA Officers the same rights and protections under Title 5 as the rest of the federal workforce.
These rights include:
• Fair pay under the standard General Schedule pay system;
• Worker protections under the Family and Medical Leave Act and the Fair Labor Standards Act
• The right to appeal adverse personnel decisions to an objective third-party; and
• Full collective bargaining rights.
• TSA Officers deserve the same workplace rights and benefits as other federal employees, including those at the Department of Homeland Security.
• We put their lives on the line to protect the flying public but don’t even have the same basic due process rights as other Department of Homeland Security employees.
• TSA Officers would no longer be penalized for using sick leave because TSA would be required to follow the Office of Personnel Management leave guidelines.
• With Title 5 rights, it would be a civil rights violation for TSA to fire TSA Officers based on medical symptoms and diagnoses that do not affect their work performance.
• Title 5 rights would greatly improve the workplace conditions and officer morale—which is at an all-time low.
• TSOs work very hard under some of the most stressful and dangerous conditions. We just want equal treatment.
You can be connected to your Senator by calling the US Capital at 202-225-3121 then listen to the selection and press 1) Senate. You will be prompted to enter your zip code to locate your Senator.
Phone Script for your Senate Representative Phone Call:
"Hello, my name is _____, and I'm a member of the American Federation of Government Employees, an employee of the Transportation Security Agency (TSA) at (_______ airport code). I am asking you to co-sponsor and SUPPORT Senate Bill S.272 introduced by Sen. Brian Schatz. This bill would provide TSA Officers the same rights and protections under Title 5 as the rest of the federal workforce, including the Department of Homeland Security. TSA officers deserve fair pay under the standard General Schedule pay system, as well as worker protections under the Family and Medical Leave Act and the Fair Labor Standards Act. The right to appeal adverse personnel decisions to an objective third-party. TSO's deserve these rights, and I ask you to support the S.272."
Strengthening American Transportation Security Act of 2017
This bill expresses the sense of Congress that the personnel system used by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) provides insufficient workplace protections for its workforce and such personnel should be entitled to protections under the civil service system applicable to all federal employees.
The bill repeals personnel authorities of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of Transportation governing the conditions of employment for TSA employees, thus making TSA employees subject to the personnel management system applicable to all other federal employees.
Within 60 days after the enactment of this bill or an earlier date set by DHS: (1) all TSA personnel management policies, directives, letters, and guidelines and any DHS human resources management system shall cease to be effective with respect to TSA employees; and (2) TSA employees shall become subject to labor provisions applicable to other federal transportation employees.
The bill sets forth transition rules that protect the pay rates and other rights of TSA employees. DHS shall consult with the labor organization certified by the Federal Labor Relations Authority to carry out the conversion of TSA employees and positions to the civil service system.
The provisions of this bill do not affect the prohibitions against disloyalty and asserting the right to strike against the federal government.
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Do you plan to retire one day? Visit www.afge.org/win and find out what you can do to save your retirement benefits. Call (844) 669-5146 and tell your lawmaker to oppose reckless budget cuts.
331 billion dollars. With a B. That's how much government workers and veterans like us would sacrifice if the administration's budget passes.
As it's written now, the budget would slash $149 billion from federal employees' pay and retirement benefits. This is on top of the $182 billion that we already sacrificed in 2010.
Brothers and sisters, we've sacrificed so much already for our country. We've served in the military, and we've served in the civil service. We have earned our pay and benefits, and we cannot allow them to be cut without a fight.
Please take 5 minutes to call your Representative and Senators at 1-844-669-5146 and tell them to vote for a fair budget. You can use the script below:
“Hello, my name is (NAME). I'm a member of (AFGE LOCAL #) in (YOUR CITY), and I am a (MILITARY BRANCH) veteran. I have dedicated my civilian career to supporting and protecting our troops. After serving my country, I am finding out that the Administration wants to cut the budget of federal agencies by stripping jobs and lowering pay and retirement benefits of veterans just like me. That’s why I’m asking that you not support the Administration’s proposed budget that severely cut my pay and retirement. Will the (Representative/Senator) support me and the work I do for veterans in (YOUR CITY) by voting against these budget cuts?”
Together, we can fight these. Together, we can stop the cuts.
Union Family, the time is now to stand together in solidarity.
Call (844) 669-5146 and (844) 775-3148 and tell your representative:
The proposed 2018 budget is a major fail.
Tell Your Lawmaker: The Administration’s proposed budget is a major fail. It
would result in huge layoffs of government workers - 1/3 of whom are veterans
(nearly 700,000 people). If enacted, the budget would cut many programs and
services my community relies on. Reject this budget and do not break our
promise to veterans or hurt working families. We need a budget that works for
all Americans - not just millionaires and billionaires.
TALKING POINTS: 2018 BUDGET
Impact on Federal Employee Pay and Benefits
The budget cuts $149 billion from federal employees and retirees – on top of
$182 billion that has been taken from workers since the start of the decade.
Under Trump’s budget, workers would pay more for smaller pensions that they have today.
The budget would increase current workers’ out-of-pocket payments toward their
pensions By 6 percent, not including FERS payments they already make, as well as the
Thrift Savings Plan and Social Security contributions.
It reduces pensions by basing pensions on the highest five years of salary instead of the
highest three years.
It eliminates annual cost-of-living adjustments for all FERS annuities forever, and
cuts the COLA for Civil Service Retirement System annuities.
It also ends supplemental annuity payments to employees who retire before they
become eligible for Social Security, such as law enforcement officers and firefighters.
The budget provides for a 1.9 percent pay raise in 2018, but this increase would be
more than eaten up by the retirement cuts.
Federal workers also could be hit by budget proposals that would eliminate Public
Service Loan Forgiveness for those who enter public service.
When it comes to benefits, I’m proud that the federal government provides affordable
health care to the nurses who care for our veterans and a modest pension to the
Border Patrol agents who risk their lives to keep drug runners and terrorists out of
Too many workers in the private sector barely earn enough to feed their families and
keep a roof over their heads, let alone save for retirement or plan for unexpected
medical emergencies. Rather than fault the federal government for providing its
workers with living wages and basic benefits, we should call on corporate America
to be more like Uncle Sam.
Impact on Jobs
Trump’s budget will eliminate more than 27,500 federal jobs next year.
Hardest hit is the Environmental Protection Agency, where nearly 1 in 4 jobs will be eliminated.
The Departments of Agriculture, Interior and Treasury each would lose thousands of workers.
Dozens of agencies would be eliminated outright, including the National Endowment
Of the Arts and Humanities, the Corporation for National and Community Service,
and the Legal Services Corporation.
There’s a reason there are three branches of government – to create a check and balance system in which no one branch of our government could become too powerful. Our founding fathers had several goals, but the most important of all was to avoid tyranny and defend democracy. This concept is central to the creation of labor unions. Unions provide checks and balances in the workplace against bad management and an abuse of power.