TSA honors its outstanding employees Tuesday

Discussion in 'Aviation Passenger Security in the USA' started by RB, Dec 6, 2012.

  1. RB

    RB Founding Member

  2. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    I figure it was just local. It's something you expect all organizations to do, even scuzzies like TSA.

    What I did find amusing was the reference to their Acting FSD. Remember, this is Hawaii. The real FSD is one of: in jail, fired, suspended. :D
  3. N965VJ

    N965VJ Original Member

    On my 5th year at US, there was a note in my mailbox in the crew room to stop by the supervisors office to pick up my 5 year service pin.

    On my 10th year at US, there was a note in my mailbox in the crew room to stop by the supervisors office to pick up my 10 year service pin.

    On my 15th year at US... eh, you get the point. They blew taxpayer dollars to do this backslapping at a Marriott Resort? :eek: I guess a pizza party down in the airport TSA break room wouldn't make a good photo op. :rolleyes:
  4. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    My 5 & 10 years here have been decent parties, esp. the 10 year. The company has guidelines how to do them, and they get more elaborate with each 5 year anniversary. Couple with that, every 5x year person & spouse/significant other gets invited to the annual off-site awards banquet.

    So, I really don't see anything odd here. That's an acceptable morale boost in any work environment.
  5. RB

    RB Founding Member

    Did you note how many awards were handed out?
  6. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    Doesn't matter.

    There are plenty of legitimate beefs about TSA. This isn't one of them.

    Put it another way: We got 15% profit sharing contributions this year, and we all traditionally (our division, not company wide) get a gift certficate just before Christmas. Why should I begrudge a some smurves few snacks at a Marriott?

    I love to bash TSA, but this isn't where I bash them.
  7. RB

    RB Founding Member

    Wasting tax dollars at a resort is in my mind a legitimate beef. Awards for these kinds of things should be done in a work setting where it doesn't cost the public thousands of dollars. Companies can do as they like if the owners consent or if the stockholders consent, TSA not so much.

  8. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    I count 59 people in the photo, might have missed a couple. It's a seriously insignificant gathering, really.

    We make fun of TSA because they scrape bottom in the morale department, now you want to belittle them because they do something to improve that for 59 employees?

    Hosting it at a Marriott doesn't mean it's extravagant.

    Pick the battles that count. Complaining about a routine annual awards function won't gain us anything.
  9. Caradoc

    Caradoc Original Member

    Besides... if they held it in a "TSA break room" or somewhere else, the awards might be stolen. At least at a Marriott, they can call real cops.
  10. Frank

    Frank Original Member

    I was in federal service. Got my 5 and 10 year pins from my boss at a staff meeting. No snacks, no punch.
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  11. I just don't understand why it's newsworthy.
  12. nachtnebel

    nachtnebel Original Member

    Because it was a bunch of TSA clerks gathered together and nobody got sexually molested or had their stuff stolen.
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  13. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    If somebody reads it, it's been newsworthy.

    Looking at their list of top articles, the Annual Gropenfrauen Award Festival Report appears to have been a moment of radical evolution in content at The Garden Island.
  14. Caradoc

    Caradoc Original Member

    Or devolution. Makes one wonder where following the money might lead, doesn't it?
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  15. KrazyKat

    KrazyKat Original Member

    Pearl Harbor Day? yes. TSA Appreciation day? not so much.

    It shows budget for the event that other agencies do not enjoy or bestow on their Fed employees.
    Good point. Who knows how they collect money for their party fund. Maybe the kitty was getting a little too big, and the Marriott was happy to oblige.

    It certainly shows a good-news PR apparatus with way too much time and money on its hands.
    Unfortunately "more PR" is priority #1 for the nitwit now assigned Congressional oversight leadership.:td:
  16. Fisher1949

    Fisher1949 Original Member Coach

    Too bad there wasn't any public announcement ahead of time. Would have been an opportunity for some activists to show up with a supply of Silly String, lighters and deer scent spray to welcome the honorees.
  17. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    Becky Akers chimes in ...
    Warning: You May Vomit

    The TSA “honor[ed] its outstanding employees Tuesday” in Hawaii at its “Eighth Annual TSA Awards” (emphasis added. Who knew? Eight years of congratulating Thieves and Sexual Assailants, and on our dime).

    Your taxes paid for these criminals and psychopaths to yuk it up at the Kaua‘i Marriott Resort and Beach Club. And while you might assume that “outstanding employees” are exceedingly few and far between at the agency (indeed, the same Google Alert that brought me this story starts with another about the TSA’s most recently discovered robber), the list of “honorees” stretches for 11 paragraphs.

    Of course, Our Rulers no doubt define “outstanding employee” differently than we do. If you’ve managed to conduct your unauthorized plunder quietly enough to escape unflattering headlines while gate-raping victims so vigorously they’re too traumatized to complain, well, you’re no doubt in the running for “Employee of the Year.”
  18. Rugape

    Rugape Original Member

    My 10 year and 15 year pins were given to me in the TSA office at my airport during briefing, no brouhaha and that is just the way I like it.
  19. saulblum

    saulblum Original Member

    15 years? 2012 – 2001 = 11
  20. Caradoc

    Caradoc Original Member

    When you have a collection of dolts so stupid that the best of them assigned to VIPR can't read a clock or tell the difference between arriving and departing trains, these sorts of basic arithmetic errors shouldn't be surprising.

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