Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Covenant Aviation and the Art of Deception!

Tours of the Checkpoint and Baggage screening locations of Covenant Aviation in SFO are being lead by local TSA. So Covenant, ever wanting to give the appearance of a professional and well-managed company, has decided to put fresh lipstick on this pig!

We were told not to speak to any members of the tour group (in order to keep our trade secrets from getting out). What, if any, trade secrets do we have? How about none!  We follow, or at least should follow, the exact same SOP. 

Which brings us to this question: Why are other airports thinking of opting out of the TSA screening program and considering going to private contractors?  If we all follow the exact same SOP, there should be no difference in wait times or performance! In fact, a private contractor's main objective is to generate a profit at the expense of their employees. Worker morale and motivation deteriorates as more and more is taken away from the employees! These airports should seriously reconsider this course of action. Be careful what you wish for.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016


you do realize that this gets worse, right?

Add to the 50,000 dollars that was used as an example in the previous post, the 936 dollar raise that was mentioned. Now, multiply 50,936 dollars by 2.3 percent. The union now gets 1,172 dollars in dues money!

50,936 by the agency membership rate of 1.74 percent translates to 886 dollars. Your actual raise for the year is 50 dollars.  But only if you are paying the agency rate fee.

Are you mad as hell yet?

Let's keep this going while we have your attention.

Take the gross income amount from your 2015 W2 and multiply that by 2.3 percent.

The union just loves it when you do overtime. The more you make, the more they make. 
Now tell us once again just how great SEIU is! Can you understand why they don't want to be pushed out as the union that represents the workforce?  They are laughing all the way to the bank!

Monday, April 11, 2016

Which of these is the most probable?

Covenant Aviation Management has decided to announce the new supervisor assignments after the workforce new shift bids have been completed. They certainly don't want any of the workforce following certain supervisors to their new locations. 

Do they really think that that  is a strong possibility?

We think that it is just the opposite! There are certain supervisors that the workforce just doesn't want to work with!

So, what does that tell you about the leadership and motivational qualities of some supervisors? 

Of course Covenant management will never see it that way. Just how could the collective brain trust of our mental midgets promote the wrong people? It's just not possible, right?

SEIU-the union that gave back.....

our parking and shoe allowances and much, much more wants to use the dues money received from the workforce to fund their favorite political candidates in the upcoming elections!
Threatening letters have been sent out to those workforce members who have not been paying dues.  With those letters comes a dues authorization form that they want you to sign and return to them. Failure to become a dues-paying member will result in termination of employment with Covenant Aviation.

So, what is wrong with all of this? SEIU has not told you that you have the option to become a union member at a reduced membership rate of 1.74 percent instead of the full rate of 2.3 percent.  This is a blatant violation of the Beck Rights law. And, if you read the fine print on the full membership form, you acknowledge that your dues payment begins 31 days after you become a Covenant employee. If you have not been paying dues at all and sign this form, you could be liable for payment of back dues.

But, you do have some recourse!
You can file a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board, (NLRB) against SEIU for not offering you the option to become an "agency" fee member.

You can also file a complaint against Covenant Aviation for threatening loss of employment for your failure to become a member of the union.

These complaints fall under the National Labor Relations Act, sections 7 and 8. How far you are willing to go with this is purely up to you!

Sunday, April 10, 2016

So, who is getting the shaft once again?

A reader submitted these numbers as an example:

Certain members of the workforce received a 45 cents per hour increase in salary for 2016.  Now, multiply that 45 cents per hour raise by 2080 hours worked during the year. That translates into a increase of 936 dollars per year.

Now, for the sake of argument, let us use an annual average salary of 50,000 dollars a year. Multiply that 50,000 dollars by the full membership dues rate of 2.3 percent. That results in the union collecting a dollar amount of 1,150 dollars a year. If you use the same annual salary number multiplied by the agency dues rate of 1.74 percent, the dollar amount paid in dues is now 870 dollars per year. Are you getting the picture yet?

Now on top of that, multiply the annual rate of inflation as of the end of February 2016, which was 1.02 percent.  That results in a loss of buying power of 510 dollars a year. Are you feeling the love?

Folks, no matter how you slice it we are all getting the shaft big time!

The only ones who are coming out ahead are SEIU and Covenant Aviation.  Where's the integrity here to do the right thing?

The mission of Covenant Aviation is to make as much money as possible at the expense of the workforce!
Once again, should a for-profit company, whose main objective is to make as much money as possible, be responsible for providing "world class customer service and safety"?