Washington, DC – The Transport Workers Union of America (TWU) received welcomed news today that the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has selected Mike Mayes to serve on the agency’s Aviation Security Advisory Committee (ASAC). Mayes, TWU’s Air Division Director and International Administrative Vice President, will serve on the ASAC as a representative of a labor organization representing employees of airport construction and maintenance contractors, providing a voice for workers.
“I’m grateful to Administrator Pekoske for selecting me to serve on the ASAC,” said Mayes. “This Committee is tasked with important work, including advising and making recommendations to the TSA Administrator on matters of aviation security. I am proud and beyond pleased to represent airport construction and maintenance workers on the ASAC, bringing the perspective of frontline aviation workers to the discussions and deliberations the Committee will undertake.”
In addition to the personal experiences he’s gained during his 34-year career in the aviation industry and his role as a senior leader of the TWU, Mayes also directs the union’s Air Division which includes 65,000 flight attendants, ramp agents, fleet service workers, flight training crew instructors, dispatchers, and aircraft and airport maintenance workers. These responsibilities will help inform his work on the Committee.
“Frontline workers play a central role in carrying out TSA directives and upholding aviation security, and having their voices represented on the ASAC will inform its work,” TWU International President John Samuelsen stated. “Mayes has an abundance of unmatched knowledge, thanks to his decades of experience in the aviation industry.”
“I am honored to have the opportunity to serve as a voice for workers on the ASAC, and I look forward to working with fellow ASAC members in the effort to protect and enhance aviation security,” Mayes concluded.
Mayes will serve a two-year term.