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Courthouse Tour 2021


Mike and I took a tour of the Southern District of Texas Courthouses over a three-day period starting on Monday, December 13, 2021.


It was a great experience putting names to faces and seeing the various courthouses that encompass our district.


For everyone of our members, Thank you!! It is your membership and helping us stay abreast of what is going on in each courthouse that helps us build a stronger union/association.


Overall, everyone was very positive about their jobs and being a CSO/SDUSM.


Three common concerns were brought up in every courthouse.


-Discipline. This was the number one concern of all the CSO’s in every courthouse. Some have more issues than others. Since intrusion tests are the number one driver of discipline and Walden security believes a three day suspension is appropriate for it, it is wholly understood that progressive discipline is not practiced by Walden Security.


PACSO agrees with that assessment and will continue our fight for Walden Security to follow Progressive Discipline through the discipline process.


-Healthcare. Each courthouse had multiple CSO’s ask about Centerra offering comprehensive healthcare for us. We don’t have any contact information yet, but we will let you know as soon as it is available.


-Pay. The Southern courthouses don’t receive the same pay as the Northern courthouses. The pay scale is set by the Department of Labor and as such we as a union can only negotiate a fair increase above what is set by the DOL. We will be asking for Bilingual pay on our next contract.


Our current contract expires on September 30, 2022. We will be negotiating is July or August of 2022.


Speaking of Centerra, as you all know Walden Security lost the bid for the fifth district. Centerra is taking over the contract.


As of this writing on Sunday, December 19, 2021, it is still unclear when Centerra will take over the contract.


Mike and I were told by Wanda Bunn that the Marshals Service issued a Task Order for Walden to be funded to run the contract until March 31, 2022.


The USMS still shows Centerra taking over on January 1, 2022.

Remember we are planning a new election in February 2022. If you want to run for office, please let us know and your name will be included on the ballot.


We still need people to volunteer for multiple positions including board members and Union stewards. Ideally, we will have one union steward for each courthouse.


That’s it for now. Once again, thanks for being members of PACSO.


John Lynch







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Updated: Dec 20, 2021

During the latest contract negotiations in 2019, PACSO union officers were able to receive substantial raises and night shift differential pay for our union members. We have also been able to get shift bidding back on the contract.


We researched, collated information and then documented through a comprehensive correspondence to management detailing the case law and common practices of why we should be paid to don and doff (Dress and undress) on the job site our necessary equipment which is essential to complete the mission assigned to us and faithfully executed by our outstanding CSO’s for the United States Marshal’s Service on behalf of all who enter the courthouses.


We are presently fighting for progressive discipline instead of the common and erroneous three days suspensions that are handed down for the majority of policy violations documented by management and more importantly, we are successful!

I cannot stress this next fact enough...


We have won an arbitration hearing which overturned an unfair decision by management to terminate a CSO for using his cell phone on duty.


The Federal arbitrator ruled in the member and PACSO’s favor which will allow an inappropriately terminated Houston CSO to get his job back and continue to provide for his family.


As usual, labor law, procedures and practices is causing the case to continue to be ongoing, but make no mistake, winning this arbitration award to overturn an erroneous management termination decision was one of the greatest hills we have had to climb.

Stay tuned for any new developments as they occur!!

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Updated: Mar 29, 2021

Each one of our courthouses need someone to take up the mantle and fight for their fellow CSO’s.

How do they do that?

They/You volunteer to become a Union Steward or be voted in as a Union Officer. The operative word is VOLUNTEER... The Union Steward will help a CSO when they are charged with a policy violation to ensure the CSO is treated fairly during the disciplinary process. We as Officers of the Union are responsible with the smooth administration of the union and believe me there is a lot more to it than meets the eye.

John Lynch is not only the Secretary/Treasurer he is also the Houston Union Steward. You can wear multiple hats if you want.Through the Union Stewards we as officers are here to help any member of PACSO through any disciplinary issue that management has initiated against you. If you are a union steward and have a question on a particular disciplinary incident, you can call or email us. If you are a member, ask a question on the forum, other members may have the same question. Ask for Union representation during any questioning, before providing any statements written or otherwise from management about a particular policy violation. Do not allow any disciplinary action to be taken against you or one of your member co-workers without effective support!!!

I have attached some recent disciplinary response letters that have been sent to management on behalf of our members. All of the names have been deleted for privacy.

If you can help us to contact every CSO in the Southern District of Texas and get our message out, do that! If you can volunteer to be a Union Steward for your courthouse, do that!! If you want to be a Union Officer, put your hat in the ring and do that too!! Remember what your FTO told you a long time ago. “Do something, make a difference.” “Even if it is the wrong decision, decide, act, understand what you did wrong and fix it for the next call…”

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