|Dallas – American Federation of Government Employees Local 1040, which represents Transportation Security Officers (TSOs) at Dallas Love Field Airport, will be rallying against a possible government shut down and in support of legislation that would improve their treatment on the job this Friday, November 10th.
The event comes in the wake of the narrowly avoided government shutdown that would have occurred on October 1st. While cooler heads prevailed, the government was only funded until November 17th.
TSOs are rallying to let their U.S. Representatives know just how disastrous a shutdown would be and to encourage them to cosponsor the Fund the TSA Act and the FAIR Pay Act. The Fund the TSA Act is legislation that, among other things, would guarantee that TSOs are paid during a government shutdown.
In the event of a government shutdown, TSOs will continue to serve their airports and their communities but will not be paid for the duration of the shutdown.
“Our work is essential to keeping the American economy running,” said Sandra Felix, President of AFGE 1040, which represents TSOs at Dallas Love Field Airport and Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. “If a shutdown does happen, TSOs will continue to do their jobs unpaid. Our workers have rent payments, mortgages, and families to take care of. Expecting them to do this vital work for no wages is absurd and demeaning for the people who protect our skies.”
The rally will be held outside of the ticketing and departure section of Love Field on Friday, November 10th at 2:30 P.M. AFGE Local 1040 members and leaders will be available to take questions from the media.
For further information, contact Michael Newberger, Communications Specialist for AFGE.
The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) is the largest federal employee union, representing 750,000 workers in the federal government and the government of the District of Columbia.