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Labor Management Relations

The Labor Management Relations is the process where Union officials meet with local upper management to discuss issues that are directly impacting TSA Bargaining Unit Employees. As the majority of the Bargaining Unit Employees are Union members, we strive to assure that the Collective Bargaining Agreement is followed, and a balance is reached with new procedures and policies. The minutes of the meetings is posted for your information. Please keep in mind that the LMR meetings are focused on the whole, not individual cases, or personal preferences. Certain information is withheld due to PII or SSI related concerns.  

AFGE Local 1250

Labor Management Relations Meeting

February 22, 2018

  1. Call to order

AFSD Lisa Christensen called to order the Labor Management Relations meeting with AFGE Local 1250 at 12:00pm on 02/22/2018 at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, Terminal 4, Suite A6, Phoenix, AZ.

  1. Roll call

Present at the meeting are Acting FSD Scot Thaxton, AFSD Lisa Christensen, DAFSD Roy Murray, DAFSD Maynard Williams, DAFSD Dennis Hayne, AFGE President Juan Casarez, AFGE Secretary Jovan Petkovic, AFGE Exec. Vice-President Bryan Bentley.

  • Meeting Topics
  1. 4-hour allotment for sick leave pertaining to medical appointment requests
    2. AFGE Briefings – Sick Leave procedural briefing given by Secretary Jovan
    Petkovic at T4B
    3.   TSO-BD/BDO Checkpoint – Sustainment hour responsibility determination
    4.   DFO dropping requests
    5.   Ear pieces – Requirement to be worn/used
  2. Meeting
    1. AFGE VP Bryan Bentley presented issue with an officer that requested full shift sick leave to attend a medical appointment. DAFSD Dennis Hayne provided information that the requesting employee is on sick leave restriction. Discussion ensued regarding the limitation to 4-hour initial approval. It was determined that medical appointments would be viewed on a case by case basis. If an employee makes a request for sick leave in advance for a medical appointment, and states in the remarks section that the time is needed due to the complexity of the appointment, the request would be approved. If there are no special requirements for the medical appointment, and the medical appointment is routine in nature, then the 4-hour limitation would be applicable. As an example, if an employee is on a 0345-1215 shift, and they have a routine medical appointment, without any special requirements, at 0900, it would not be feasible that an employee needs to request a full shift. The employee can report to work at 0345 hours and work until 0730 hours (as an example if the doctor’s office is an hour away). This would allow the employee sufficient travel time to get to their medical appointment.
    2. AFGE brought previously to management’s attention that BD Coordinator is placing direct personal responsibility on the employees to attain their 8 hour per pay period sustainment hours. Clarification was made that TSO/LTSO do not have the authority level to “just leave” a checkpoint assignment to attain their hours. Responsibility falls on management and not the employee. AFSD will look into the responsibility issue. AFSD Lisa Christensen followed up on the issue and sided with AFGE’s complaint validity. AFSD Lisa Christensen followed up and determined that BDA Management would not be able to handle the scheduling portion for BD certified officers. PHX TSA management determined that a central location would be established to monitor, track, and assign certified officers with the sufficient amount of time per pay period. No BD certified officer will be disciplined due not meeting sustainment hours as it is an item out of their immediate control. TSA Management is actively working in rectifying the issue.
    3. TSA Management issued a locality vide notification regarding DFO Dropping requests. Several requests were received for certain certifications to be dropped. AFSD Lisa Christensen expressed concern allowing certifications to be dropped at will. This situation would create a “revolving door” of officers dropping and getting certified for special duties. It is agreed that certain certifications are costly and time consuming such as Behavior Detection. Aside of the cost factor, currently, the BD program section of ATLAS is understaffed and needs to retain all their currently certified officers. It was determined that this is a mission critical objective and staffing needs are a priority.
    4. TSA Management, AFSD Lisa Christensen expressed that it is a requirement for uniformed staff, (TSO/LTSO/STSO) to wear issued ear pieces in conjunction with the radios. It is mandatory that employees wear issued radios while on duty in order to be able to receive pertinent communication and give pertinent information via the radio. As the radio falls under the equipment category, and is not addressed under the uniform policy, it is not discussed under the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA). President Juan Casarez argued the standing on the ear piece requirement. Additionally, AFSD Lisa Christensen explained that it is crucial for covert operation. Stakeholders (Airport employees, contractors, or flying public) should not be able to hear our radio communication.

 

  1. Adjournment

AFSD Lisa Christensen adjourned the meeting at 12:30pm.

Minutes submitted by:  Jovan Petkovic, AFGE Local 1250 Secretary

Minutes approved by:  Juan Casarez, AFGE Local 1250 President

I.     Call to order

Acting FSD Scot Thaxton called to order the Labor Management Relations meeting with AFGE Local 1250 at 13:00pm on 02/08/2018 at N 44th Street, Suite 300, Phoenix, AZ 85016.

 

II.     Roll call

Present at the meeting are Acting FSD Scot Thaxton, AFSD Lisa Christensen, AO Anthony Quintana, HR Specialist Keely Wetzel, DAFSD Jeffrey Perez, AFGE President Juan Casarez, AFGE Secretary Jovan Petkovic, AFGE Exec. Vice-President Bryan Bentley.

 

III.      Meeting Topics

1.   Employee Performance Notes – Notes improperly used, and or the lack of them
2.   TSO-BD/BDO Checkpoint – Sustainment hour responsibility placed on employee
3.   Communications – TSMs not responding to emails or extensive response times
4.   Breaks/Lunches – unreasonable break times or blackout periods
5.   Special Assignments – What are they/Who is assigned to them
6.   TDTP – STSO provide false/incorrect information to employees
7.   Shift Trade Limitations – TSMs placing restriction or deny shift trade inquiries
between TSO/LTSO
8.   Annual Leave Conversion – Unused leave weeks conversion to available days
9.   Unscheduled Absences – What is the criteria for identifying them
10. Union Representation – Employees told “its only fact-finding, denied
representation”
11. AFGE Activity – Upcoming lunch & learns and increased briefings

IV.      Meeting

1.              Lisa Christensen and Human Resources receive report of entered ePerformance notes and are reviewed. Consensus brought that if an STSO fails to document a positive task/commendation in the ePerformance notes to elevate the issue to TSM, and so on. Management to resend broadcast email about the usage of the ePerformance notes in AIM to STSO/TSM.

2.              AFGE brought to managements attention that BD Coordinator is placing direct personal responsibility on the employees to attain their 8 hour per pay period sustainment hours. Clarification was made that TSO/LTSO do not have the authority level to “just leave” a checkpoint assignment to attain their hours. Responsibility falls on management and not the employee. AFSD will look into the responsibility issue.

3.              AFGE brought to attention that TSMs not responding to send emails, or very time delayed responses. Consensus that all receive an exuberate amount of emails, misses can occur. Further email communication to include DAFSD and AFSD for action follow up. Upper management will follow up with TSM is no action taken in a timely manner.

4.              AFGE received information that certain shifts and locations use unreasonable time frames to provide breaks and lunches to employees. In certain instances, even have blackout periods. Management will address the timelines for lunches. Blackout periods are not allowed unless direction is issued by the FSD or designee as per the rules. Employees encouraged to report such blackouts to upper management.

5.              AFGE requested information on defined special assignment listing, and employees assigned to such. Term limits apply to special assignments. List was provided to AFGE by AO Quintana and discussed. Currently, no employee is exceeding term limits.

6.              AFGE brought to managements attention that some STSO are providing false/incorrect information to the employees regarding the TDTP. Statements like “miss a bag and you get written up” have been stated to employees. False impression is being spread about the TDTP. Management will send out broadcast to STSO/TSM regarding this and look further into it.

7.              AFGE filed a Request for Review regarding shift trade denials between TSO/LTSO. Discussion was held regarding this matter. AO Quintana provided printout of recent shift trades between TSO/LTSO that were approved. Management will readdress proper procedure with specific TSMs regarding shift trade requests between TSO/LTSO. TSO/LTSO can do shift trades.

8.              AFGE filed Request for Review regarding annual weeks conversation to days. Scheduling converted unused weeks from the annual leave bid, to available individual days. Added days are being added to the leave calendar and posted to employees. Spoke airports are being processed as well. Grievance included leave that is cancelled due to employees retiring or separation of employment. Leave balances need to be placed back onto the leave calendar and made available to employees.

9.              AFGE inquired as to the unscheduled absences criteria. Is there a specific formula or number that initiates a review of absences? Not defined.

10.          AFGE brought to managements attention that Union members are being told and denied representation during fact-findings. Discussion held.

11.          AFGE announced that increased lunch & learns will be held in the near future. Some will be held at the break rooms of Terminal 4 for ease of access to employees. Briefing presentation will also be more active.

 

 

V.     Adjournment

Acting FSD Scot Thaxton adjourned the meeting at 2:00pm.

Minutes submitted by:  Jovan Petkovic, AFGE Local 1250 Secretary

 

Minutes approved by:  Juan Casarez, AFGE Local 1250 President

 

 

 

Labor Management Relations Meeting held on September 20, 2017 at 10:00 am

In attendance were:

Lisa Christensen, TSA

Scott Thaxton, TSA

Adam Webber, Union Representative

Bryan Bentley, Union Representative

Mark Bernstein, Union Representative

 

Agenda:

  • Discussion about the Female Lead Bid and how to fix the issue that occurred.
  • Mrs. Christensen stated that PNRs will be handled accordingly, and requested that the Union and EAC discuss the issue with employees giving each other hugs while at work, and how the action could cause an issue. Asked to discuss at the EAC meeting.
  • Mrs. Christensen brought up command presence at the exit lane.
  • Mr. Thaxton discussed the video being shown regarding a Laptop and its contents. A laminated card will be at each x-ray. EAC working with our Leadership on this issue. Video release date is set for 9-27-2017.
  • TACT team (Item contents excluded due to SSI). Managers will be talked to regarding (Item contents excluded due to SSI). Mr. Thaxton related that the biggest threat is (Item excluded due to SSI).
  • Mr. Weber asked about (Item excluded due to SSI), and discussed BDO to TSO bid lines; BDO keeps their certification. BDO merge @ B4 with the local eval team,(LET).
  • Discussion brought up about targeting union officials and  using official time. Mr. Thaxtont related that this meeting was not the forum for the topic. 
  • TSO (PII) requests a meeting with FSD regarding an issue. Senior Leadership advised to see the response before a determination can be made.
  • Discussion on the type of shoes that can be worn at work. STSO (Name excluded due to PII) enforcing shoe policy, might be the old MD.
  • Mr. Bentley led discussion on detection and TSO with low scores.

Meeting adjourned at approximately 11:40 am