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Urge TSA Administrator Pekoske Back to the Bargaining Table

February 9, 2021

Dear Bargaining Unit Employees, Union Brothers and Sisters,

Agenda:

Urge TSA Administrator Pekoske Back to the Bargaining Table

 

Sign the petition to urge TSA Administrator Pekoske to reopen TSA’s Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) and return to the bargaining table.

It is encouraging to see President Joe Biden’s commitment to the federal workforce and the direction for agencies to remove restrictions on representation put in place by the previous administration. Every day TSOs risk their lives to protect the traveling public. We deserve the opportunity to improve our working conditions.

 

 

Link: https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/urge-tsa-administrator-pekoske-back-to-the-bargaining-table/?fbclid=IwAR3n8Su7BBFobz23fzfvNkt2LRUSpNmC3gfr4TpfoyzsWkSLjLlWiYGbfzc 

 

COVID 19 Outbreak Management

Next Thursday November 19,2020 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM EST
Due to the spike of COVID 19 in many of the Federal Agencies and as a part of our duty to inform and empower our local’s leaders, we have designed a 2-hour webinar called “Covid-19 Outbreak Management” to learn how to facilitate complaints for unsafe working conditions and apply pressure to federal agencies that neglect proper safety and OSHA regulations. This webinar will empower AFGE leaders to know how to file complaints to ensure accountability of agency officials in order to protect AFGE members over the course of the pandemic.
Topics of discussion will include but not limit:
  • Communication for affected/at risk workers (forwarded to your district/council)
  • Filing OSHA and CDC complaints
  • Contacting government officials (including governors & congress members)
  • Workers’ comp information and pressuring for PPE
  • Whistleblower protections
Many website that will be provided during the class to include but not limited to
  • Site how to File an OSHA complaint at the Federal level
  • Site how to file CDC complaint with a request for a CDC team inspection.
  • Site to call the governor’s office and inform them of the agency’s negligence.
  • Site on how to demand the Agency begin contract tracing, and notify exposed employees, vendors, contractor, and members of the public.
  • Site how to demand to bargain, as a COVID-19 outbreak has a substantial impact on conditions of employment.
  • Site how to call your congressional representatives and the senators in your state to inform them of the failure the agency has made in containing the virus.
  • Site how to protect the local leaders and engage in best practices as a potential whistleblower
Next Thursday November 19,2020 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM EST
Joe Mansour
Workers Compensation Specialist
Field Services and Education
American Federation of Government Employees
e-mail: Joe.mansour@AFGE.org

Veterans Day 2020

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College and University Degree for Free!

College and University Degree for Free?
A  2-Year Associates and a 4 year Bachelor’s Degree free for Union Members!

Dear Bargaining Unit employees, Union Brothers and Sisters,

Some ask “what is the Union doing for me?” Some may say, “I don’t need it, I don’t get in trouble”. Unions have been formed long time ago, do your own research on why and how.

Let’s cut to the chase, first purpose is to protect you at work, in case you do need, and secondly to help you and your family prosper financially. As of late, a lot do not look at their “Member Benefits”, which are solicited by the Union from Businesses to assist you in saving money. Placing your hard earned cash back into your pocket.

The key here is simple. You have to look at it, and use it! That simple. Take that extra step at the register, ask, “Do you give discounts to Union Members?”  Take those couple of minutes while you are waiting on something, to look at www.afge.org for all the discounts available to you!

While you are there, look at your profile, is your address correct? Your phone number? Do you have your member card? If not, update your address and click on the “Order New Card” button, then update!

If you are looking for insurance discounts, like saving a couple of dollars on your AFLAC enrollment, then you can reach out to Bobby Padgett with Benefits Architect at 817-456-7236 direct or shoot him an inquiry via email at bpadgett@benefitsarchitects.com.

As always, In Solidarity!

AFGE TSA Local 1250

 

 

2021 Just around the corner! What will be?

2021 is just around the corner, what is to come?

 

 

 

Dear Bargaining Unit Employees, Union Brothers and Sisters,

 

In a couple of months we will be in 2021. Your Local Union Leadership wants to take a moment to discuss the upcoming events in 2020, what is left of it.  

•Major Holiday’s 

oThanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years

•Airport Shift Bid LAS/RNO/PHX

•Annual Leave Bid LAS/RNO/PHX

Major Holiday’s

We may or may not be engaged in festivities, family gatherings, or parties. If you do, we hope you and your families are safe and sound, and engage in a safe gathering. If you choose to have an alcoholic beverage, please remember the possible ramifications those drinks may have in the future as we are held accountable for our conduct on duty and off duty.

 

If you are stopped and detained/arrested for a DUI/DWI, resulting in you receiving a ticket for DUI/DWI, you have to report it immediately to your STSO/TSM within 24 hours. The table of penalties, which was revised in 2018, is very clear on the discipline for off-duty misconduct. You will receive a seven (7) day suspension for the off-duty misconduct. If it is your second DUI, you will face termination according to the table of penalties. 

 

Aside of the ramification you may face at work, don’t forget that you will face consequences in your personal life, to include significant increase in your insurance premiums, court fees and fines, vehicle repairs, and/or additions (Breathalyzer Machine to start your car, etc.)  (PS: ).There is a clause in most insurance coverages these days…if you are convicted of DUI, the insurance does not pay for your Comprehensive/Collision coverage, meaning cost for repairing your vehicle…double check the fine print). The financial impact can easily go over $10,000 for those couple of drinks. Please plan accordingly! Please rideshare, Uber, Lyft, Taxi, call a sober friend! Don’t drink and drive!

 

 

Airport Shift Bid at LAS/RNO/PHX

Each airport Arizona vs Nevada is doing their bid a little different. Ultimately, we all bid based on our seniority. We make our selections on the schedule based of our own preferences, whether it is RDO, shift start time, or work location. Please review your shift bid date and time, enter it in your phone, set a reminder right before it is, don’t forget to bid, or you will be placed to a shift/RDO as close as possible to your current shift. Dates for each airport have been already posted and should be briefed as those dates are quickly coming up on us.

 

A few questions to answer ahead of time: 

•5% percent of the workforce can bid outside their certification. Meaning, if your PAX, you can bid on Baggage line if it is available. The rules have it broken down further regarding the 5%. The actual is 2.5% that get to choose based on their seniority. The other 2.5% gets pushed out of the work location as there will not be any room there. No bid line available. Our schedules are build based on how many employees there are, and when and where we are needed (in a perfect world). There is no extra lines or spares.

•Last we heard from D.C. that airports may end up having 4 bids in the year in order to accommodate frequent airline flight changes and passenger volume influxes. Our schedules are build on “previous” years trends and + added. Since this COVID19 occurred, everything changed with the airlines and passengers. We all see it first hand what we deal with on a daily basis. We all hope that we do not have to bid 4 times a year. If we do, it is because there has to be notice to you about schedule changes, and you have to be provided the opportunity to bid.

 

 

Annual Leave

LAS/RNO will have a different bid this year. BUEs will be provided over 30 days to place selections for weeks and days. There is no limit on the submissions. You can make 52 submissions for weeks, and 365 submissions for individual days. Management will go down the seniority list and award based on your selections, and availability of the weeks and days.

 

If you are in the top 25% of the seniority list, you pretty much will get all your selections for weeks and individual days. We want to stress to the newcomers, to the lower seniority to submit as many submission for their earned weeks and individual days, or you may not receive any time off! Hate to say it, under the process LAS/RNO has chosen this year, submit 52 weeks that you want off in the chronological order of priority, and 365 individual days in order of priority. Don’t bank on having anything available once “First Come, First Serve” opens up to have anything left! 

 

PHX we bid on our annual as we have done previously. No changes in sight on the process. We encourage everyone to place their bids for annual weeks, and annual individual days to ensure you receive your time off. It may or may not be what you wanted, at least it is something away from work to decompress and enjoy.

 

Regarding your individual days, if you do not have any major days that you would like off, like a birthday or anniversary, think about taking a single day off in conjunction with your elected RDO. Give yourself a 3 or 4 day weekend, like a mini vacation. 

 

In any of the bid processes, an AFGE Representative will be present to ensure your seniority and selections are followed. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate and reach out to one of your local officers or stewards. Want to get involved and be a steward? Please reach out!

 

 

In Solidarity,

 

AFGE TSA Local 1250 

Special Member Meeting, November 20, 2020

Dear Bargaining Unit Employees, Union Brothers and Sisters,

 

as previously mentioned, we will hold an in-person and virtual member meeting on November 20, 2020 at 1300 hours. The in-person meeting will be held at the AFGE TSA Local 1250 office, located at 3117 N 16th St, in Phoenix, AZ.

 

Meeting will be held in the downstairs main training/conference room. We request that anyone attending in-person to wear a face mask and practice social distancing. 

 

Below is the information for the virtual link via Zoom.

 

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84038156090?pwd=dys3SjZ0a01CTTdyZklSUElwTkRyUT09

 

Meeting ID: 840 3815 6090

Passcode: 994459

One tap mobile

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Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kx6ELUUCM

 

 

In Solidarity,

 

AFGE TSA Local 1250 

Regular Member Meeting – June 14, 2019

Dear Bargaining Unit Employees and Union Members,

We will hold a regular member meeting on June 14, 2019 at 1100-1200. The meeting will be held on site at PHX-Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, Terminal 4, at the FRC East Conference Room. The room is located on level 2, behind the American Airlines ticket counter near the west end.

If you cannot attend in person, you may call in via Conference call and be present during the meeting.

Conference Call Dial In Number: 605-313-5484
Access Code: 233200

Agenda for the Regular Meeting:

Agenda:

  • Recent LMR Meetings (AZ and NV)
    • Actions and Results
  • Upcoming remodeling of break-rooms
    • Vote on spending for break-room assistance – Furniture/amenities 
  • Upcoming Contract Negations (TSA Council 100 Survey)
  • AFGE Officers/Steward Training (Travel)
  • BBQ and other engagement events
    • Vote on expenditure for off-site family oriented events
  • Open Floor for discussion, issues and concerns.


Please be engaged and get involved in your workplace! We cannot succeed without your participation. Only together can be make a change! 

New Table of Penalties!!!

Dear Brothers and  Sisters in Blue,

 

TSA HQ revised the Table of Penalties regarding disciplinary action effective October 11, 2018. As per the Table of Penalties, TSA is favoring progressive discipline as stated in the guideline itself. The punishment has mostly increased in comparison to the old Table of Penalties.

 

TSA HQ also added several other chargeable penalties such as a no call/no show to a shift trade or overtime (whether voluntary/involuntary). As an example, on the 2nd offense of, the penalty reads up to removal. A third offense is removal. Likewise, Sick Leave Abuse is no longer a corrective action. It has been added to the Table of Penalties as a chargeable offense, and the penalties are not favorable at all.

 

In other words, any combination of discipline after October 11, 2018, can lead to your removal. We caution everyone at this time to report to duty, as scheduled, and especially if you signed up for a shift trade or overtime, do not commit a no call/no show. It could lead to your removal per the Table of Penalties.