Thursday, May 31, 2012

Deny it all you want...

Mr. Mica, but we know better.

( Finally, there are others who believe what we have suspected for quite some time.)

You can't fool all of the people all of the time!

Saturday, May 26, 2012

SEIU - When asked by the....

baggage LTSO membership, who, BTW, are full members and pay the maximum rate of dues, what the union planned on doing about their pending demotions to the rank of screener the response that they received from Whitfield McTair was, "absolutely nothing!"

Well, being true to their word, that was exactly what they did.  SQUAT...NADA....ZILCH....ZIPPO.

This is the one time that they actually told the truth!

This is a perfect example of your dues at work.  Just what exactly are they getting paid to do? 

Sunday, May 20, 2012

TSA, Are You Watching?

Checkpoint lines are getting longer and so are the waiting times.  Checked baggage screening is also slowing down.  The workforce is absolutely fed up with CAS management and this is a way to display our displeasure.  At what point will you step in?

We, as a workforce stand united!  We don't need SEIU to speak for us. (And, we still feel that the cozy relationship that SEIU has with CAS is still in place.)

Here is the main reason that we believe this to be true.

For some time we have been insisting that this do nothing but take our dues union show that they are working for us.  We have been demanding that they not walk away from the bargaining table without getting "shift differential."  They know that we would and will be very critical of their lack of effort. 

Now, if CAS does convince the TSA to give them more money all these changes to our benefit packages will not take place.  If they do CAS will be out of compliance and will lose this contract.  Just picture how SEIU will take full credit for saving the status quo.  They no doubt will tell us that we should be happy and satisfied.  They will no doubt tell us that we "need" them and to please show our support by becoming full dues paying members once again. 

Just how dumb do they think we are?  They have done nothing since they have been here and it is now time to pay the piper!  SEIU--Take a hike!

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Much has been written lately about....

the under reporting of security breaches by the TSA.  So, does what happened at Terminal 2 the other day fall into that category?  Just how much did CAS tell the local TSA?

CAS knows all too well that one of the ways it can lose this contract is by not being able to perform its responsibilities up to the TSA standards.  Just how much can they sweep under the rug?

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

A Calculated Gamble By CAS

CAS is pulling out all the stops in their effort to get the TSA to pay them for the staffing that they provided for the re-opening of Terminal 2.  The attempts that have been made so far have produced zero results.  

Under the leadership of Mike Boles, who is the interim CAS president and has a "take no prisoners"approach, CAS has decided to "threaten" the workforce with drastic cuts in benefits.  The thinking here is, an unhappy and threaten workforce produces a substandard security product resulting in longer wait times for checkpoint and checked baggage screening.

Of course, this doesn't make the services that CAS provides to the TSA noteworthy, but CAS is in desperation mode.  At this point either the TSA pays CAS what the company feels it is owed or takes over the airport.  It's a gamble that CAS seems willing to take.  They are hemorrhaging money right now and they don't like it.

The question now is, who will blink first?  Will the SWAT team be called in?  Will our illustrious management team be handed its walking papers?

Pass the popcorn, the showdown is about to begin!    

Friday, May 11, 2012

It Would Be A Big Mistake For CAS...

to believe that they can submit and get ratified this drastic cut in employee benefits.  This is a pipe dream of theirs that will never pass.  
Who amongst the dues-paying membership would even consider casting a "yes" vote for this load of horse manure?  We urge a "no" vote on this -- if and when it ever comes up for a vote. (If the union tells us that this is the best that they can do, let's de-certify them.)

If CAS thinks that we lack resolve and solidarity, they are badly mistaken.  As a workforce, we will all stand united.  We don't need to rally behind our do-nothing union in order to show that we are unified.
There is a big difference between the workforce and this management team:  the workforce knows right from wrong!  
We are willing to help CAS reduce their drain on cash reserves.  In fact we can offer some suggestions of our own.

1.  Reduce management salaries and benefits by 50%
2. Close all satellite offices and move the management team to the Bay Area.
3. Move to Fresno where there is plenty of cheap, affordable housing and start a carpool.
4. Start parking at See's Candy and walk to the long-term parking garage to catch the shuttle bus.  (If you schedule it right, you can plan on catching it every 5 minutes.)
5. No paid holidays for management. 
6. Give up golf and start carrying a deck of cards.
7. Fire the lobbyist.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

The "A" Team It Is Not!

Let's see....hmmmm

The plan that came out today, from the collective master brain trust of CAS, has raised more than a few eyebrows.

We have been getting this info piecemeal, so bear with us.

CAS plans to eliminate: the dental plan, our monthly parking allowance,  the CTX Baggage Leads, the yearly Perfect Attendance Award and pension Plan C. (What's next?  March Madness? Hot Dog Day? Thanksgiving/Christmas combined dinner?)  Forget about the Christmas bonus; they want to pocket that too!

Now, some members of the workforce are closing in on 10 years of service and would, under the old contract, be accruing 248 hours per year of PTO.   CAS is crying uncle.  Those rascals are planning to reduce our accrual rate. 

Evidently when they agreed to the contract, they never expected to last this long. After all, it was only supposed to be a 3 year pilot program contract.  (Ah, the power of those reelection campaign contributions and secret backroom deals, not to mention the profit sharing arrangements.)

Well, aside from being just plain wrong, it would also be a violation of the terms and conditions of the contract CAS has with the TSA. When CAS is not in compliance, they lose the contract.

Section H.19

Pursuant to Section 108 of the Aviation and Transportation Security Act (ATSA) (Public Law
107-71), codified at 49 U.S.C. §44920 (opt-out program), qualified screening companies shall
provide compensation and other benefits to private security screeners “…that are not less than

Transportation Security Administration Page 74 of 245 RFP No. HSTS03-10-R-SPP032

the level of compensation and other benefits provided to such Federal Government personnel…”.
TSA will verify that each screening company is in compliance with this statute. In order to
perform this verification, the contractor shall include this information in their initial proposal for
the basic award, and then certify quarterly thereafter.

Maybe this is their attempt to coerce the TSA to meet their demands.

A desperate act from a desperate company! Is the end in sight?

Does anyone need anymore proof that...

a for profit company should not be running security operations at SFO? 

We have heard from both the checkpoint and baggage communities that CAS upper management has submitted a plan to reduce several of the benefits that are currently in place .

Isn't it nice to be so appreciated?  Isn't it nice to work for a company that puts making a "profit" their main focus?  Once again they have proven that, "they are just in it for the money."

Does anyone in upper management believe in our "mission"?  Have they ever believed in our mission?

CAS is overlooking how they are able to keep this contract for almost 10 years.  Is it their stellar management style?  Was it all their suggestions on how to improve security throughout the TSA?  Was it all the secret backroom meetings?  Just what was it?

Could it possibly have been the dedication and professionalism of the workforce?

What say you?

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

What are the real reasons?

Just why did both Gerry L. Berry of Winter Springs, Florida and Mindy Pengel step down on the same day?  There must be more to it.

Why did they leave well paying positions in the first place?  Does Gerry's golf game mean that much to him?  All this takes on added weight when the president of CAS steps down.

Now the question remains to be asked, " Will the man from Texas be next?"

Don't let him go before he pays his tab!