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Day: 15 June 2016

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TSA Workers Union Calls for 6,000 More Workers

The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), the union which represents Transport Security Officers at U.S. airports, has asked Congress for sufficient funding to hire an additional 6,000 officers, to relieve the labour strain which has led to long delays at airport security lines throughout the country.

This comes after Congress approved a shift this Monday of $28 million of the TSA’s budget to bring in 2,784 part-time TSOs as full time workers and hire an additional 600 officers by the end of the fiscal year. This May, additional funding allowed the TSA to expedite the hiring of 768 new officers and pay overtime for existing workers to catch up with the backlog.

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SAS Swedish Pilots Strike Ends, Costs Undetermined

SAS announced late Tuesday that an agreement was reached with Swedish pilots union SPF putting an end to the strike which had been ongoing since last Friday.

The airline has not specified the terms of the agreement reached which finally led to the conclusion of the labour conflict, but it is retroactive to April 2016 and will be valid for one year. Having already reached agreement with Norwegian pilots, all the airline’s negotiations with pilots unions are concluded.