I have been reading every post and reply on this site and can only say I am completely disgusted at some of the posts and replies. If my fellow handlers cannot read through the bullshit and bogus post, which are obviously orchestrated by individuals in upper-level management positions in MSA who oppose the formation of a union, then you are not the professionals I thought you were.
If anyone of you believes any of their rhetoric then I suggest you take a deep breath and think why would any handler oppose something that would benefit their future? Why would a fellow law enforcement officer or member of our armed forces viciously attack their brothers and sisters in uniform? Who would dissect the union by-laws in such detail to point out what they want you to believe is a problem? This country was built on the backs of unions formed by employees and former employees of companies who cared more about the almighty dollar then the health and well being of their employees. Employers hate unions because it cuts deep into their profits. They fear unions because they represent a “union” of all employees who fight “together” as one, for the same goals. The individuals who have dedicated their own time to help each of “us” get only what we deserve, nothing more are being bashed either by individuals in the MSA hierarchy or those who don’t know anything about a union or what it stands for.
As for any merger talks, first, remember they are talks next, remember there is strength in numbers. And, if you are under the misconception that MSA is not in fear of a merger with a large and strong union, you are wrong! They are shitting in their pants! Additionally, a merger doesn’t mean your dues will increase nothing could be further from the truth. As for that other group (phony union), misrepresenting themselves as a “law enforcement” union they really should give it up. As a union one would think they would support any union, even the one that crushed them in a vote. Unfortunately, they continue to bash your brother and sisters who support the United Federation of K9 Handlers. Is this really the way any union should act toward another? Wasn’t it only a short time ago they wanted to merge with the United Federation of K9 Handlers? By now you would think the little whiners would take their ball and go home.
It is obvious many of you have never belonged to a union and to that I reply, do your research, read up on the reasons why unions were formed in this country. People working for low wages in horrible conditions, long hours in extreme temperatures with little or no break and no paid sick or vacation time or holiday wages to compensate them. Does all that sound familiar?
I read a reply to a post sarcastically answering one of the northeast handlers who wanted to know why handlers in California get paid a higher rate. The reply was, because the cost of living in California is more. Once again, please do your research. The cost of living in New York City is, without a doubt, much higher than California. The union isn’t interested in lowering your salary but increasing the salaries and benefits of handlers everywhere.
Once again, it is my hope the negative comments posted are not from my fellow brother and sister K9 handlers. I would recommend anyone who has doubt about the dedication of our fellow brothers in forming this union and making the work environment better for each you and your K9 companion to examine their resumes and compare their dedication and service to our country to that of our new CEO; A CEO making every attempt for each of you to believe his bullshit. A CEO who claims he visited every K9 handler personally to listen and resolve the issues. Amazingly enough, most of the veteran handlers I spoke with never even met our new CEO but are awaiting that special moment. It seems he has only visited the newer and/or impressionable handlers. Those he can bullshit into believing he’s going to fix all our problems. The same problems that existed when he took office but never changed. The problems the new handlers don’t know existed for years before they were hired. Glen, if you’re going to talk with the handlers, talk with all of the handlers. I for one know complaints over the past year have fallen on deaf ears. Is there a reason why these numerous complaints were not resolved or addressed? Do we need to threaten to unionize before you are willing to exit your office and make promises we all know will not be fulfilled? Is your golden parachute so important to you that you would continuously lie to these new employees? Why are you so reluctant to disclose your contractual agreement to each of your K9 handlers and so willing to have your cronies post erroneous comments on the “nopaymsa” website? I’ve got a better idea, why not post your termination letter from your former employer so everyone can read about the type of person you are?
Ladies and gentlemen, WAKE UP! Now is the time for change, now is the time to better your life, the life of your families, and your K9 partner. Vote for the United Federation of K9 Handlers union, support don’t criticize your brothers and sisters across this great country of ours. A country each of your proudly served in uniform; A country your brothers served without care or concern for their own lives, served proudly as did each of you while our CEO made sure the correct wax was applied to the floor of a rental car company while he committed criminal acts.
After the termination from his previous position, Glen Kucera should never again be employed in a position of corporate trust but yet somehow he is our new CEO. I’m just wondering whose decision was it and why anyone at MSA, a company that employs only police or military (our countries finest), would hire such a vile person. Let’s not forget, they also held onto the other pinhead, Holland LaPlant, for almost a year even though a more qualified individual was already running the scheduling department single-handedly. Zane, you are missed!
VOTE TODAY TO UNIONIZE AND PUT YOUR TRUST IN INDIVIDUALS WHO ACTUALLY CARE ABOUT YOUR FUTURE!