In a March 30, 2012 letter addressed to President Obama officers from AFL-CIO and its affiliated unions urged the Obama Administration to confrer on TSO full collective bargaining rights with a binding grievance and arbitration procedure similar to the rights of other federal employees.

Transportation Security Officers (TSO) overwhelmingly voted to join the American Federation of Government Employees, AFGE in June 2011.

TSO has been in bargaining with the Transportation Security Administration for close to a year since the election, the parties have still not reached an agreement on a contract.

The letter was signed by 37 eleted officers of affiliated unions and department heads of the AFL-CIO.