Washington, D.C. - In response to TSA’s announcement today that Administrator John Pistole will retire from public service at year’s end, American Federation of Government Employees National President J. David Cox, Sr. issued the following statement:
“AFGE thanks Administrator John Pistole for his four years of service to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). Among other unprecedented achievements, Administrator Pistole acknowledged TSA workers’ right to bargain collectively, allowing the workforce to exercise its voice, however limited, for the first time. During his tenure AFGE negotiated the first collective bargaining agreement for TSA employees, leading to advances in safety, working conditions, and morale.
“It is no simple job to keep the flying public safe and secure, but Administrator Pistole and the 45,000 TSOs he led have done so with remarkable success. We will continue to work with him in his remaining time at the agency on important pending issues like MSPB appeal rights for the TSOs we represent. We also look forward to working with the new Administrator to build a strong partnership and to address the needs of the TSOs as TSA enters the next chapter in its rapidly evolving history.” (Contributed by AFGE).
AFGE Local 1260 thanks Mr. Pistole for his public service and for allowing for certain rights to be achieved, albeit minimal; however, it is with extreme optimism that AFGE Local 1260 will see TSA Administrator Pistole out of office. We look forward to a positive choice from the President of the United States and a confirmation from the U.S. Senate soon after.