TSA WORKERS REACH FIRST PACT, OFFERING PAY, SHIFT UPGRADES………

The union representing 45,000 airport screeners reached agreement on a first-ever labor contract on August 2, 2012 more than 10 years after the agency was created. The new pact creates a fairer system for determining employee pay and provides new seniority rights.

Employees will have limited access to a neutral third-party arbitrator for grievances. Previously, depending on the severity of the accusation, an employee being disciplined could only complain to his or her supervisors or face a determination made by TSA management. Under the new system those accused of lesser offenses can enter expedited arbitration and more serious cases can be appealed to the Merit Systems Protection Board, an independent panel that handles appeals for other Federal Agencies.

Taubman Kimelman & Soroka, LLP. represents all members of Local 2222 which has the charter for all airports in New York and New Jersey.