Archive for September, 2013
Monday, September 30th, 2013
We want to clarify a few things with the looming shut down.
1. Border Patrol agents are required to report for duty. We are “exempt” from furlough, meaning that unlike many other government employees who don’t actually report to work, we will report for work.
2. We will not be paid until a funding mechanism (appropriations bill or a CR) is put in place. We don’t know if that will be days, weeks or months at this point. Only the politicians can make that decision.
3. All leave will be cancelled. If we take a S/L day it will actually become an unpaid day (no charge to our S/L balance, but no pay for the day either).
4. Union representation will cease and the union office will not be staffed. All union officers are required to report for regular patrol duties.
We will be updating as things evolve.
Friday, September 27th, 2013
Think twice if you are considering a detail to the Academy as an instructor. The Agency has put unilateral restrictions on details (bunking up, per diem cuts, etc.)
If you are detailed we believe you should ask that your detail be limited to 35 days as outlined in the CBA.
The Agency is once again broke, but they always seem to find millions of dollars for stupid things like putting cameras in patrol vehicles and even putting cameras on our uniforms to appease the illegal alien cheerleaders who would like to see us all fired.
The NBPC is taking immediate action to address the changes in the Academy details. They are legally obligated to negotiate such things. We will update here as this issue evolves.
Thursday, September 12th, 2013
Beginning tomorrow, 09-13-13, a new Arizona law will take effect that will prohibit anyone convicted of a first time DUI from driving ANY vehicle without an interlock device for a period of one (1) year AFTER the completion of the mandatory 90-day license suspension. This means patrol cars as well as your POV. The exemption from company-owned vehicles has been abolished.
Although DUI arrests do happen, the numbers amongst agents are very small. But one is too many. The bottom line is that beginning tomorrow an agent convicted of a first time DUI is likely to lose his or her job, regardless of probationary status. The agency is not going to install interlock devices on patrol cars.
So for those few who drink and drive, please stop. There are all kinds of programs out there to get you from point A to point B if you’ve been drinking. Losing your job is bad. Killing or severely injuring an innocent person because you are driving drunk is even worse.