UPDATE (04/21/2011): The New York Times reported Wednesday that a runoff election will be held over the next two months since neither the AFGE nor NTEU received a majority of the TSA screeners’ votes. Read more.
The Federal Times reports that Wednesday TSA screeners’ online votes will be tallied to determine the winner of what’s being billed “the largest union election in the history of the federal workforce.” At stake is up to $16 million in annual union dues from 43,000 TSA employees.
Will it be the American Federation of Government Employees or the National Treasury Employees Union that takes home the grand prize? The $16 million question will be answered when the Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA) tallies and releases the votes sometime today.
And built-in to the election process is a chance for the losing union to appeal the election results to the FLRA, the Federal Times notes. Before the votes have been tallied, there is already some grumbling about a hundred or so ballots that might have been cast by TSA screeners who left the agency or have been promoted out of the bargaining unit.