By SAM HANANEL, Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The union representing nearly 45,000 airport screeners has reached a first-ever collective bargaining agreement with the Transportation Security Administration.
The American Federation of Government Employees says the agreement Thursday includes a new process for resolving disputes and a better system for increasing pay based on performance.
The agreement comes more than a year after TSA head John Pistole agreed to grant screeners limited collective bargaining rights for the first time since the agency was formed a decade ago.
The screeners who X-ray bags and guide passengers through security had been among the few federal employees without union rights. The screeners cannot negotiate over security matters. They are also prohibited from going on strike or conducting work slowdowns.
Union members still must vote to ratify the agreement.