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Airport screeners need runoff vote choose union

WASHINGTON — Airport screeners will have to wait a few more weeks before finding out which union will represent them in collective bargaining talks with the government.

After a six-week election, neither of the two unions vying to represent 44,000 workers at the Transportation Security Administration received a majority of votes cast.

The vote came after TSA head John Pistole agreed in February to grant screeners limited collective bargaining rights for the first time since the agency was formed a decade ago.

The Federal Labor Relations Authority says it will hold a runoff election to decide a winner between the American Federation of Government Employees and the National Treasury Employees Union.

Airport screeners had been among the few federal workers without union rights.

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