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A TSA agent directs travelers through security lines at Pittsburgh International Airport. (Jeff Swensen / Getty Images)

The election to choose an official union for the Transportation Security Administration ends tonight. It’s been a long time coming, and the winner stands to gain a bargaining unit of roughly 43,000 screeners.

All you screeners out there, feel free to sound off below. Did you vote for the American Federation of Government Employees or the National Treasury Employees Union, and why? Was there one particularly important issue that swayed your vote? What do you hope the winning union does for TSA?

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  1. Manuel Says:
    April 19th, 2011 at 3:45 pm

    Go AFGE!!! The only union that has been honest with us and has really helped us. LAX is with you!

  2. Dallas at LAX Says:
    April 19th, 2011 at 3:52 pm

    I proudly voted for AFGE because the other guys are rude and aggressive and liars. Besides, I didn’t hear about them til a couple years ago and AFGE has been here from the beginning. All of the TSOs I work with al

  3. Dallas at LAX Says:
    April 19th, 2011 at 3:53 pm

    All of the people I work with voted for AFGE as soon as we got the ballot.

  4. kimberly kraynak- lambert Says:
    April 19th, 2011 at 3:57 pm

    I voted for the ONLY UNION that has fought for TSO’S since the beginning. The Only UNION that is affiliated with the AFL-CIO. ITS UNION TIME!! Thank you AFGE..

  5. Cris Soulia Says:
    April 19th, 2011 at 4:10 pm

    AFGE all the way!

  6. Nelly Brick Says:
    April 19th, 2011 at 4:11 pm

    I voted for AFGE because they have been by TSA Officer’s from the beginning. AFGE represents more Law Enforcement Officers than any other federal employee union. They were there when privatization was threatening our jobs. I believe that President John Gage will be able to negotiate a strong contract for TSO’s that will lift up morale. That is why AFGE is my union of choice.

  7. AFGE ALL THE WAY Says:
    April 19th, 2011 at 4:26 pm

    AFGE, AFL-CIO the only choice at TSA.

  8. D. PARK Says:
    April 19th, 2011 at 5:17 pm

    I voted for AFGE because AFGE UNION lawyers helped me to get my AWOL reversed last year during the snow storm and clear my personal record when I worked at IAD Dulles Airport.
    I voted by telephone and it was simple and very easy to vote.

  9. BRUCE Says:
    April 19th, 2011 at 5:52 pm

    AS A U.S. FEDERAL OFFICER I CAST MY VOTE FOR THE……”AMERCICAN”……….FEDERATION OF GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES’ AFL-CIO ! IT’S A NO BRAIN! NEER.!………JUST THE BEST UNION IN ALL FACETS

  10. Dimas Fragosa Jr Says:
    April 19th, 2011 at 5:52 pm

    I voted like everybody should’ve for AFGE!!!

  11. CEE Says:
    April 19th, 2011 at 6:23 pm

    HELL YEAH I DID!!!!!! IVE BEEN WAITING FOR 9 YEARS ,FINALLY WE GET TO VENT…NTEU ROCKS!!!!

  12. TSO Says:
    April 19th, 2011 at 6:26 pm

    Voted for the better option NTEU. I was a dues paying AFGE member until I needed their help. They told me to call some telephone number and I went with NTEU and had immediate dramatic results from an NTEU attorney! Our hour is at hand!

  13. Tom Says:
    April 19th, 2011 at 6:49 pm

    We want AFGE!!! Especially in TAMPA

  14. Don Thomas Says:
    April 19th, 2011 at 6:57 pm

    AFGE I voted for a couple of reasons

    1. when I needed some one 8 years ago they were there, they Did not throw me out of their office like NTEU did. That gave the motivation I needed to work with AFGE.

    2. NTEU Just jump on the band wagon when AFGE got the TSO attention and save 1oo’s of . also what’s going on today NTEU is too small to put pressure on to save the middle class.
    AFGE can get help from 12 million people. NTEU
    a few hundred thousand. That’s a marble thrown in an ocean All gov workers need a big voice today

  15. Michael paolini Says:
    April 19th, 2011 at 7:49 pm

    O my was there another union who actually helped TSO ‘S with TSA issues? WOW I’ve been a TSO for 7 years now never heard of NT whoever helping screeners on issues. Well maybe they started coming around when they found out collective bargaining was approved for a vote by TSA screeners. AFGE here from the beginning…………. Know brainer people.

  16. Dave J Says:
    April 19th, 2011 at 7:55 pm

    AFGE

  17. Charlie Bent Says:
    April 19th, 2011 at 9:11 pm

    AFGE. The best choice. We need a fair workplace, with a voice. That voice being AFGE. With us from the beginning.

  18. Selecia Robinson Says:
    April 19th, 2011 at 9:21 pm

    AFGE ALL THE WAY! I’ve been with TSA for almost 9 years and AFGE has ALLWAYS been there for us TSO’s. The other union has NOT!

  19. Peter H Skazin Says:
    April 20th, 2011 at 9:30 am

    Well, after almost 10 years of an often trying struggle, AFGE, who freely represented TSA Officers right from the beginning, worked harder still to earn the right to represent Transportation Security Officers (TSO’s). Always there to advise, assist, and inform, TSO’s of their due process and rights, AFGE won the respect of all in their waging of a foreright and honorable election campaign. Thank you, John Gage, for standing with us for so long, so well. It’s truly been an honor.

    Peter

  20. Chris Gibilisco Says:
    April 20th, 2011 at 10:25 am

    I voted for AFGE because the leadership from AFGE President John Gage to National Organizers like Jackie Traynere are sincere and professional in promoting fairness in the workplace.

  21. Ed Ambrogi Says:
    April 20th, 2011 at 11:15 am

    Well, considering that AFGE got my job back more than once, is there any other choice? I cannnot name one thing that any other union has done for me, and TSA fired me for unjust cause in which the Disciplinary Review Board agreed. TSA just doesn’t like supervisors with integrity, honesty and fairness.

  22. Tso 4 life Says:
    April 20th, 2011 at 6:40 pm

    AFGE I voted for. Nteu is one of the inept organizations ever. Any fellow officer who would vote for them doesnt know much about federal employment.

  23. CEE Says:
    April 20th, 2011 at 10:45 pm

    AFGE WHERES THE MONEY….26 MILLION IN RED AND TSO’S ARE PAYING DUES..NO THANKS, I VOTED FOR NTEU…

  24. Janis Says:
    April 21st, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    What’s up with afge being 26 mil in the hole according to their own DOL report? We asked and they said it was pension liability. If this is how they protect their own employees, I sure don’t want them looking out for me. Pitiful!

  25. NTEU TSO MIA Says:
    April 21st, 2011 at 8:20 pm

    AFGE is massively in debt and actually was going broke in 1987 and was bailed out by a multimillion loan from the AFL…
    DON’T BELIEVE THEIR FALSE RHETORIC AS NTEU HAS REPRESENTED AIRPORT SECURITY WORKERS FOR 35YEARS.. AFGE HAS BEEN THE EXCLUSIVE UNION FOR AIRPORT SECURITY FOR ZERO YEARS!!! AFGE LOST AN ELECTION IN 2006 WHERE THOUSAND OF THEIR INS OFFICERS VOTED NTEU THE EXCLUSIVE UNION OF CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION BY OVER 2 TO 1… DO YOU OWN HOMEWORK AND ASK A CBPO IF THEY ARE HAPPY WITH NTEU..

    PRESIDENT BUSH(AFTER ELECTED) WENT AFTER US CUSTOMS(NTEU) AND THE DOD(AFGE) TO STRIP THEM OF THEIR GS-PAY SYSTEM PUTTING THEM ON A PASS TYPE SYSTEM, WELL GUESS WHAT… NTEU FOUGHT THEM AND US CUSTOMS NEVER LOST THEIR GS AND THE DOD LOST THEIR GS FOR 7 YEARS UNDER AFGE….

  26. Fedline » TSA runoff election begins May 23 Says:
    April 22nd, 2011 at 10:49 am

    [...] will not have the option of selecting “no union” in the runoff election. Like the first election, screeners voting in the runoff will cast their ballots over the phone or online. FLRA will mail [...]

  27. No more Pittsburgh squalor Says:
    April 22nd, 2011 at 4:17 pm

    At Pittsburgh Airport, NTEU is the Only union!!! NTEU Rocks!!!
    As a matter of fact, AFL-CIO union members have offered their support to NTEU members.
    AFGE simplified, is they have been “sleeping in the tower”. Now that NTEU is growing strong and true, AFGE cries like a baby…Waaaa!Whaaa!!
    We have been here from the beginning!! Whaaa!!!Whaaa!!!! Give us the Money!!!(in dues).
    AFGE has yet to reveal their plans for TSOs.

    They’re still babies in the Federal crib, not sure what to do next, but cry and have tantrums.
    NTEU has a true and forged plan to get TSOs
    better pay, leave, seniority deal aggressively with part time issues, parking, health care, discipline, on and on and on …the whole enchilada.

    Most of Pittsburgh’ NTEU members quit AFGE when certain AFGE members appointed themselves as life long president and officers.
    AFGE corruption has been a constant occurrence at PIT and we just are sick of it.
    75% or more of employee council is AFGE and they are privy to employee discipline and promotions. NTEU members at PIT conceal their affiliation to NTEU because of the unprovable but obvious retaliation from AFGE riff-raff who would throw anyone under the bus, even their own
    fellow AFGE members

    Thanks to all of NTEU staff for putting up with such #*#@* at PIT, we need you!! :)

  28. LITTLE GUY FROM PIT Says:
    April 22nd, 2011 at 6:25 pm

    NTEU all the way. They have the experience and the proven track record. TSA needs the representation that the CBP has gotten since signing on with NTEU. Does not matter who was here first, it matters who can get the job done. Do your research and you will see for yourself. This is what we need. I’ve seen NTEU help threefold what AFGE has, with better results. Our AFGE REPS work both sides of the fence for their own overall benefit. Always nice to see them talk more to management than their own members.

  29. Buck Says:
    April 24th, 2011 at 2:39 pm

    TSA and other Fed employees should not be allowed to unionise. The union is going to cover up cases like the one in
    Philly, TSA child pornagrapher…or the TSA rapist just arrested last week. Go get a real job!!

  30. CEE Says:
    April 26th, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    AFGE pride and joy is there ability to scream and shout during a meeting, I rather have people with knowledge and education representing me during a grievance not the smokes screen AFGE has put up over the years..

    Having a union like NTEU will be the best choice if we plan to retire with a good pension just ask any CBP officer who will tell you how there pension plan has changed dramatically because of there strong contract NTEU has provided them with.
    So if you’re happy with 500$ bonuses stick with AFGE , I rather get a 7,000 increase in my pay that will benefit my retirement..GO NTEU!!!

  31. CBPO Says:
    August 21st, 2011 at 9:22 am

    TSA TSOs that voted AFGE, hows that attrition rate going for you over the many years of AFGE representation and them being there for you since the beginning? Just because the were there first doesnt make it the best choice. Ill be enjoying my GS 12 pay will you stand at the airport itching to go home and search USAJOBS for a better paying career somewhere else!