Every day TSA officers screen over 1.7 million airline passengers. Every day they stop, on average, 8 guns from getting on to airplanes. And yet, says the American Federation of Government Employees, which represents the officers, "they’re treated like second-class federal employees with lower pay and fewer rights at work — every single day." Last month, 19 U.S. Senators urged TSA to give officers the same civil service and labor rights enjoyed by other Department of Homeland Security employees. After TSA officers rejected the last proposed contract earlier this year, the negotiating team returned to the table and have now reached agreement on a majority of the contract. Meanwhile, AFGE says the union will continue working on behalf of TSA officers to demand they receive the respect and fair treatment they deserve.
And if you want your Halloween to be all treats and no tricks, make sure all your candy is union-made in America. We've got a list of union-made candies on our website at dclabor.org from our friends at Union Plus and Labor 411.
Here’s today's labor history:
On this date in 1891, Tennessee sent in leased convict laborers to break a coal miners strike in Anderson County. The miners revolted, burned the stockades, and sent the captured convicts by train back to Knoxville.
In 1941, after 14 years of labor by 400 stone masons, the Mount Rushmore sculpture was completed in Keystone, South Dakota.
And in 1971, in a sign of the changing times, the International Alliance of Bill Posters, Billers and Distributors of the United States and Canada surrendered its AFL-CIO charter and disbanded.
Today’s labor quote is by George Henry Evans, who published the first issue of the Working Man’s Advocate on this date in 1829.
Evans said his paper was, quote, “edited by a Mechanic” for the “useful and industrious classes” in New York City. He focused on the inequities between what he described as the “portion of society living in luxury and idleness” and those “groaning under the oppressions and miseries imposed on them.”