Saturday, October 29, 2011

Updates and a Correction!

We stand corrected, the TSA only has 10 paid holidays.

But, here is information about vacation accrual.

For years of employment 1-3 the maximum number of vacation days is 13.(plus 13 days)

For years 3 to 15 the maximum number of days is 20.(plus 13 days)

For 15 years and up the maximum is 26 days.(plus 13 days)

Maximum number of vacation days you can carry over is 30 and then it falls into a "use it or lose it" scenario.

(Each of these years also comes with 13 days of sick leave which can be used for illness, injury or medical appointments for you or a family member. We are getting shafted big time!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

A Clarification is Necessary!

Re: Our previous posting!

We believe that the dollar value to provide security screening at SFO would be relatively the same, plus or minus 3%, regardless of who does the screening.

The biggest difference is, that under the TSA more of the funds that are getting siphoned off now by CAS would be channeled to the workforce through better benefits, shift differential, more paid holidays (12 versus the 10 we have now), a pension plan, a better quality uniform, shoes that we didn't get this year, sick leave, etc, etc, etc.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

The Mouth that keeps roaring and roaring!

Nothing raises our hackles more than hearing Rep. John Mica extol the virtues of the private sector versus the TSA.

We all know where he is getting this load of malarkey from and, just in case you don't know, it's coming from his "blood brother" Gerry L. Berry from Winter Springs, Florida.

Rep. Mica, how about not believing everything that comes out of Gee Bee's mouth?

To be fair, we think that on his own, Rep. Mica has some very valid criticisms of some of the policies and procedures of the TSA. (Just how is " behavior detection" not racial and religious profiling?)

Rep. Mica's repeated statements claiming that passenger screening could be done cheaper and better by private contractors is the biggest joke of all! For profit companies cannot be more efficient and effective than the TSA. Why? Because we all have to follow the TSA guidelines and procedures. The only benefit would be financial and would only line the pockets of upper management and the owners of these private contractors.

So, let's state the obvious once again. It's profits before product!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Now these are some eye popping numbers!

Closely held Covenant Aviation Security LLC has been
awarded at least $692 million in contracts since 2002, more than
twice as much as any other private-screening company, according
to a Bloomberg Government review of TSA contracts.

Covenant is based in Winter Springs, Florida, in Rep. John Mica’s
district. The congressman said Covenant’s location hasn’t
influenced his view.

Well, Mr. Mica, just how many employees work at the base office in Winter Springs, Florida? Would that number be just one? Do the initials Gee Bee help?

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Have you ever wondered why....

CAS has a policy that treats a "sick day" call out as an occurrence? They actually prefer that you call out as "Kincare or as a FMLA." And, it is purely an attendance percentage issue.

A sick call out gets recorded as a ding against the company. The last number that we remember seeing have CAS stating that their attendance averages somewhere around 97%.

So, if 50 people call out, as either Kincare or FMLA, and there are no other call outs, CAS can then say that they have 100% perfect attendance.

As you have probably figured out by now, there is a cash incentive for having a high attendance ratio. When it comes to generating the most income, for a "for profit company", CAS will leave no stone unturned! This is a hole in the system that needs to be plugged. TSA, are you listening?

Monday, October 17, 2011

How about a shift bid that gives....

more than a few slots with weekends off? What is this "one slot" per line business? Why not have bidding slots based on seniority? Newbies get weekdays off; senior members of the workforce get weekends off.

When will this company ever recognize, and appreciate, the contributions of the members of the workforce that have been here since the beginning? ( or, within 2 or 3 years from day one.)

Maybe it is too much to ask! Maybe this is beyond your capabilities?

Members of the workforce, what do you think? Shouldn't management show some sort of gratitude? We would like to hear from you. Tell us what you think. Your names will not be released.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

The Value of the 5 year SFO contract is now....

up to 455 million and still counting!

The TSA and CAS agreed to an increase in the contract value and that, my friends, is why the long overdue promotions are finally being doled out.

Let's see, whom do we like for promotions? Boyfriends, Girlfriends, Suck ups, Friend of a friend, kissing cousins, card playing buddies.....did we leave anyone out?

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Just 2 weeks from the start of our new shifts,

....what will you do?

In the past, some of our loyal supporters, have used the first day of the start of the new shift as a form of protest. Now, you ask, how do they do that? By calling out to voice their displeasure with a schedule that leaves a lot to be desired.

As always, do what you think is best! If you do happen to call out, we hope that you are smart enough to use Kincare or FMLA. (Sick days count as an occurrence.)

Friday, October 14, 2011

We need to do this at SFO!

Isn't our management team a class act? They are a disgrace!

FLSA Action Against Airport Security Co. Takes Off

By Daniel Wilson

Law360, New York (October 13, 2011, 6:10 PM ET) -- Workers for airport security company Covenant Aviation Security Corp., a U.S. Department of Homeland Security contractor, filed a class action Wednesday accusing the company and its president of federal and state labor law violations.

The suit, in New York federal court, brings collective action claims for alleged violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act and class action claims for alleged violations of New York Labor Law, stating workers were not paid for off-the-clock work, split or extended shift allowances, or overtime premium pay.

Virgilio Martinez, a...

Case Information

Case Title

Martinez v. Covenant Aviation Security Corporation et al


New York Eastern

Nature of Suit

710(Labor: Fair Standards)

Case Number



Judge Brian M. Cogan

Date Filed

October 12, 2011

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Phantom Job Postings and Interviews?

Congratulations to the newly promoted Leads. Unfortunately, we can't seem to remember seeing the job postings. When were they announced and when were the candidates interviewed?

More than a few people have contacted us voicing unhappiness with this whole process. CAS just continues to do whatever they want whenever they want. And, where is the Human Resources Department? Who is looking out for those in the workforce who have not been given an opportunity to apply or interview?

Those of you who are feeling that you have had enough can file a complaint with the EEOC and, or, the NLRB.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

The Upcoming Promotions

According to the information we have received the promotions for the CTX Supervisors and Leads will be announced prior to the effective date of the new shift schedules.

How about announcing them prior to the new shift bid days? Give the people who might have an opportunity for a better schedule(because they moved up a few slots because of the promotions) a better chance.

This is an easy and painless way to show some appreciation for the workforce that has helped make this company what it is today! Show some good will.