CHICAGO — Security lines at O’Hare and Midway Airports are back in the spotlight as Transportation Security Administration (TSA) workers rally today.
They’re demanding that more staff be hired to help reduce wait times.
The rally at O’Hare is one of many that will be held today at various airports.
The TSA workers, backed by their union, the American Federation of Government Employees, demonstrated curbside between O’Hare’s Terminals One and Two.
They’re demanding that 6,000 more workers be hired to help get lines down at security checkpoints in airports across the country.
They’re also hoping more staff can help improve morale.
The TSA says it did hire almost 770 new TSA operators and converted another 2,784 part-time workers to full-time. In Chicago, that means 100 part-time workers went to full-time.
And a number of TSA operators were brought in from smaller airports, to bring the wait times down to somewhere between 30 minutes and 10 minutes, depending on the day.
Also, TSA Administrator Kelly Hoggan was removed from his position.
But TSA workers now say, just as fast as some of these new workers are getting hired, others are being fired on the back end.
They also think those reduced wait times come as more and more passengters apply for TSA pre-approval, as they learn how to work the system.
TSA operators say this nationwide push comes as they work to solidify a contract. They entered negotiations last August and hit a stalemate.
Both sides are expected to be back at the bargaining table on August 1.
Still waiting to hear back from TSA headquarters about these union demands.