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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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Photo: U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and TSA Administrator Peter Neffenger address summer travel at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport in Arlington, Va., Friday, May 13, 2016.
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Behind the Lines: $13 Billion In TSA Funding Diverted To Pay National Debt, ACI-Says

During a special briefing at Washington DC this afternoon Airports Council International North America presented its insights on the cause of long TSA lines at U.S. Airports.

The council’s President and CEO, Kevin M. Burke, expressed concern over the looming rise in numbers of passengers travelling through the Nation’s airports this summer, given the delays experienced already and inadequate steps to resolve the root of the problems, as the Association sees them.