Star-Ledger: Despite brutal hours & hostile fliers TSA workers have much to celebrate this Labor...

Discussion in 'Aviation Passenger Security in the USA' started by Mike, Sep 3, 2012.

  1. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    Mostly a fluff piece about how they can be thankful on Labor since they have a collective bargaining agreement coming up for approval. My retort would be that TSA & its employees have largely created the hostile flier by abusing them. Karma comes around. :D

    Star-Ledger: Despite brutal hours and hostile fliers, TSA workers have much to celebrate this Labor Day

    "This is a very significant Labor Day for them," Harris said of the newly unionized screening force. "All TSO’s should recognize how collective bargaining will improve working conditions and morale for their brothers and sisters, and improve job performance."

    Critics of collective bargaining say it could compromise security if contract provisions limit the TSA’s ability to respond to staffing problems or security emergencies. The TSA and the AFGE reject the assertion.

    "Nothing in the contract addresses security procedures or how they screen bags or how often they screen bags," said Harris. "They were excluded from bargaining."

    Pay was also off the table, a frustration for some screeners, who are among the lowest paid workers in the federal government. Starting pay at Newark Liberty, for example, is about $32,000 a year, including a 28-percent cost-of-living premium.
     
  2. Fisher1949

    Fisher1949 Original Member Coach

    With the CoLP the starting pay is $40,960 plus overtime to grope, harass and steal from passengers, when they're not standing around or talking or goofing off on cell phones.
     
  3. Monica47

    Monica47 Original Member

    I'd show them a "hostile flyer".......
     
  4. Fisher1949

    Fisher1949 Original Member Coach

    I like how we're always wrong. As if objecting to being groped is somehow a hostile act.
     
  5. Caradoc

    Caradoc Original Member

    They should be thankful.

    The TSA is the only place most of them could possibly be employed.

    The rest like working for the TSA because of the opportunities to molest people.

    I've had a few conversations with various friends and relatives, active military and retired. They're all - to a man (or woman, in one case) - convinced that the only way someone could get out of the military and end up working for the TSA would be that they somehow managed to spend their tour learning absolutely nothing, or they're the sort of person who enjoys sticking their hands into other people's pants under color of authority.
     
  6. RB

    RB Founding Member

    Any claim that TSA works "Brutal Hours" is laughable. As government employees anything over 40 hours each week has to be paid with overtime funding.

    I will accept claims of hostile flyers though, given the TSA Sexual Assualt Feel Ups, the abusive screening process, and other dehumanizing aspects of TSA screening inflicted on the public by TSA itself. Treat travelers like criminals and I suspect travelers will return that treatment in spades.

    So some 16,000 TSA employees are in supervisory roles (non-union) are higher? Seems like an unusally high ratio.
     
  7. Sunny Goth

    Sunny Goth Original Member Coach

    My heart is bleeding....

    (okay, not really)
     
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  8. Frank

    Frank Original Member

    The author did a great job fluffing Pissy.
     
  9. Fisher1949

    Fisher1949 Original Member Coach

    I hope it is, but only in the very technical sense.
     
  10. Sunny Goth

    Sunny Goth Original Member Coach

    Well, yeah. ;)
     
  11. TravelnMedic

    TravelnMedic Original Member

    A certain line from varsity blues comes to mind by Coach Bud Kilmer
    The hostile customers are there own damn fault...So before pointing fingers you all might want to look at yourselfs first. If they think they deal with hostile people ... come ride 12 hours with me on the truck in out 911 districts... Then come sit in Disptach for a shift to see what we deal with on the phone & over the radio. What TSA deals with is not even remotely close/ ballpark / universe to what I deal with.

    As for the hours there not going to get any sympathy... If they want any they can look between :trash: and syphillis in the dictionary. I work 24 hour shifts (and have extended as long as 100hrs) on the truck, 12 hour night shifts (have gone as long as 32 hrs) in Dispatch and flip between the day and night all the time, so honestly I dont want to hear it from them.

    If they cant handle it seek life elsewhere, remove yourself from the gene pool (creative and completely so I dont have to work your (expletive deleted)) and so on.
     

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