Local 2544 Meets Regarding Border Security

September 22nd, 2014
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L to R: Tuffly, Arpaio, Del Cueto

Local 2544 President Art Del Cueto along with past president and current treasurer Edward Tuffly had separate meetings in Phoenix today with Judicial Watch, the Phoenix Law Enforcement Association (PLEA), the Arizona Police Association (APA) and Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Border security issues were discussed at length. Local 2544 has had a longstanding working relationship with PLEA, APA and Sheriff Arpaio.

Former Phoenix Law Enforcement Association President and retired Phoenix police officer Mark Spencer is now with Judicial Watch and we look forward to our continued relationship with him in his new role. Judicial Watch is extremely supportive of border security and the men and women of the Border Patrol. They have pushed for an extensive investigation into the Terry shooting.

We have enjoyed a years-long relationship with Dr. Levi Bolton, the Executive Director of the APA. Levi is also a retired Phoenix police officer and a huge supporter of Border Patrol agents. All Local 2544 members are members of the APA and associate members of PLEA. Levi is a tireless advocate for law enforcement officers in Arizona.

The last meeting was with Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who is also a longtime supporter of Border Patrol agents. Issues of mutual interest and ways we can better work with MCSO to achieve goals that will benefit our organizations were discussed in a nearly 4-hour meeting with the Sheriff this afternoon.

Local 2544 would like to thank Spencer, Bolton, PLEA VP Ken Crane and Sheriff Arpaio for taking the time to meet with us during a very productive day.

Some interesting ideas were generated by our meetings yesterday. One idea was that all managers should volunteer to lead by example and wear lapel cameras. If these cameras need to be implemented to ensure accountability while carrying out the business of the government, management should lead the way and wear them at all times while on duty.

Border Patrol Pay Reform Passes Senate

September 18th, 2014

The National Border Patrol Council would like to thank Senators Tester and McCain for reaching across the aisle and sponsoring the bipartisan Border Patrol Agent Pay Reform Act. The BPAPRA was combined with the Cybersecurity Authorization today and it passed the Senate. It has now been sent to the House for consideration. We still have a lot of work to do. This is not a done deal yet.

We are grateful for the elected representatives and their staffs who put so much work into getting this through the Senate. Along with Senators Tester and McCain, we would also like to recognize and thank Senators Cornyn, Heitkamp, Ayotte and Flake for co-sponsorsing this important legislation.

Lastly, we would be completely remiss in not thanking NBPC President Brandon Judd, VP Albert Trevino and VP Jon Perkins for all the hard work and personal sacrifice they have made to get this bill passed through the Senate. They have been on the road almost non-stop for many months working diligently to see this succeed. It didn’t just happen. It was worked for and it involved tremendous sacrifice. They may not want to be singled out and thanked, but it is appropriate that we say THANK YOU!

AUO Issues Update

September 17th, 2014

The National Border Patrol Council was recently informed of more positions that would be losing AUO; specifically details to sector, but we were also notified that more cuts at the station levels are on the way. Union officers will also be affected. The NBPC received notification that all full-time union officers would be de-authorized the use of AUO in October. The notification states in part:

As you are aware, CBP’s compensation practices have been under intense scrutiny from the media, Office of Special Counsel, and Congress.

The letter goes on to give official notification that union officers will lose AUO unless they work the field and no longer protect the interests of the membership.

Bargaining unit agents detailed to sector should have already been given the option to return to the field in order to maintain a percentage of AUO. If you are detailed to sector and you were not given this opportunity, please notify a steward and we will take care of it. Regardless of the agency’s interpretation of the law, the Union has the right to bargain the impact and implementation of any and all directives given to employees.

Membership Notification

September 17th, 2014

AMERICAN FEDERATION OF GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES (AFGE) 

LOCAL UNION 2544 

NOTICE OF NOMINATIONS 

All aspects of the nomination and election of officers of AFGE Local Union 2544 will be conducted under the

supervision of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Labor-Management Standards (OLMS), pursuant to a

settlement agreement August 12, 2014.  The nominations and election will be conducted in accordance with the

Civil Service Reform Act of 1958 (CSRA) and Part 458 of the Code of Federal Regulations, and  insofar as lawful

and practicable  with the provisions of the AFGE Constitution and the Local 2544 Bylaws.

OFFICE TO BE FILLED 

Nominations will be conducted for the following offices: President; Treasurer; Executive Vice President; 

Secretary; 1st Vice President; 2nd Vice President; and 3rd Vice President.  In accordance with Local Union 2544

Bylaws Section 18, all elected officers of the local will be delegates to the National Convention, District Caucus,

National Border Patrol Council Convention, or any other meeting where delegates might be required in the order

listed above.

TERM OF OFFICE/INSTALLATION 

Candidates elected in the election will be installed at the general membership meeting held on December 10, 2014.

The term of office shall run for three (3) years ending in December 2017.

NOMINATIONS 

Nominations for all officer positions of Local Union 2544 will be accepted from the floor at the Wednesday, 

October 8, 2014, 6:00 p.m. membership meeting held at the union office located at 2185 West Magee Road, Suite

125, Tucson, Arizona 85742.

Nominations may also be made in writing and must be received by the Election Supervisor Seyi Olowolafe by fax 

(602) 514-7102 or mail at US Department of Labor – OLMS Phoenix RIO, 230 North First Avenue, Room 

501, Phoenix, Arizona 85003 by no later than 12:00 p.m. on October 8, 2014.  Written nominations shall include

the nominator’s full name, address, work duty station, and the full name of the nominee.  Self-nominations will be

permitted.

To be eligible to nominate candidates, a member must be in good standing at the time of the nomination meeting.

Dues must be current (paid through September 2014) by the time of the nomination meeting.  No member will be

allowed to be a candidate for more than one office in the election.  To be eligible for nomination, nominees must

have been a member in good standing for one year (October 2014 through September 2014) of an AFGE local,

immediately preceding the nomination meeting.  The member cannot be a member of any labor organization that is

not affiliated with the AFL-CIO.

Candidates must accept the nomination in writing at the nomination meeting.  If the nominee is not in attendance,

they will be notified in writing by the Election Supervisor of their nomination and shall have until 5:00 p.m. on

October 17, 2014, to provide written acceptance of their nomination.  In the event that the nomination acceptance is

not received by October 17, 2014, the nominee shall be deemed for all purposes to have declined the nomination(s)

for the office(s) for which the nominee has been nominated.

ELECTION 

The election will be conducted by polling beginning Tuesday, November 18, 2014 through Thursday, November 20,

2014, at each of the nine border patrol workstations.  Additional information regarding the election will be provided

in a separate notice which will be mailed to all Local Union 2544 members at a later date.

Website updates

September 17th, 2014

We will be adding two new pages to our website. One will be for upcoming agendas at general membership meetings and another dedicated to the Election notices.

Until that time, we post all notices on the front page.

Verizon Plan Coming to Local 2544 Members (updated)

September 5th, 2014

L to R: Levi Bolton, Art Del Cueto, Edward Tuffly, Joe Clure

Local 2544 President Art Del Cueto and Treasurer Edward Tuffly met with Phoenix Law Enforcement Association (PLEA) President Joe Clure and Arizona Police Association (APA) Executive Director Levi Bolton today. Local 2544 is proud to announce that we are re-joining the APA and becoming associate members of PLEA.

Our members will now be able to take advantage of a Verizon cell phone plan at steeply discounted rates. We have had a great relationship with both APA and PLEA for many years, and have worked cooperatively with them on issues of mutual interest to our organizations and our members.

Only members currently in the AFGE database will be allowed to participate. Members leaving the Local (i.e.; transfer, promotion, 1188) will be dropped from the program when dues deductions cease.

We want to make clear that you are receiving these benefits as members of the APA and associate members of PLEA. This benefit is not sponsored or endorsed by AFGE. We will be posting more information shortly.

Update: We plan to have this program fully up and running by early to mid-October. It has been a months long process to implement. Once we begin accepting applications it will take time to process them, depending upon the number received, which we expect to be high. The application forms are being finalized and will be posted here when they are completed. You will be asked to print the forms, fill them out and fax or email to our reps in Phoenix. We’re almost there and we appreciate your patience.

DOL meeting on Sept 9, 2014

September 3rd, 2014

The Department of Labor will be conducting an “Pre-election conference”  on September 9, 2014 at the Union Office starting at 6 pm.

The conference, which is open to all interested parties, is for the purpose of developing  rules/procedures and establishing time frames to be used in conducting the election in  accordance with the Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act of 1959 (LMRDA).

We encourage all members to attend to this meeting.

 

Membership notification

August 28th, 2014
Local 2544’s Executive Board has decided that agendas will now be used for its regular meetings whether they are held on even or odd months. Employing an agenda will allow Local 2544 to provide members with notice of issues requiring a vote, thereby providing an opportunity for all interested members to attend the meeting to participate in the vote. An agenda will ensure that the greatest number of interested members will be able to participate in the business of Local 2544. Notice of all regular meetings, whether being held on odd or even months, will continue to be posted on Local 2544’s website at least 14 days in advance of the meeting as required by Section 2 of the bylaws. An agenda for such meetings will be posted on Local 2544’s website at least 7 days in advance of such meetings. Anyone wishing the membership to consider a new matter requiring a vote must provide written notice of the issue at least 14 days in advance of the meeting. Such notice must be received by Local 2544 at its office located at 2185 W. Magee Road, Suite 125, Tucson, AZ 85742 or it can be submitted by email to a Local 2544 Executive Board Officer who confirms by return email that they have received the proposed agenda item. Such items properly received by Local 2544 will be added to the New Business section of the meeting in accordance with Section 5 of the bylaws. Anyone failing to meet the requirements to add an item to the agenda can still raise the issue during the Comments for the Good of the Local section of the meeting but no substantive vote may be taken. Any such item requiring a vote may be added to the agenda of a subsequent meeting.

 

BPA J. Vega Jr

August 7th, 2014

On August 3, two illegal aliens attempted to rob off-duty Border Patrol Agent Javier Vega Jr in Willacy County Texas. Agent Vega, a former Marine and a 6 year veteran of the Border Patrol, while fishing with his family. Agent Vega lost his life and his father was severely wounded.

Words cannot express our deepest sympathies for the Vega family, friends and co-workers.

A memorial fund as been started by Local 3307:

Javier Vega Jr. Memorial Fund
Rio Bank
P.O. Box 4169
McAllen, Texas 78502

(Routing Number 114915447 / Account Number 4081153)

Local 2544 By-law Change Vote Notification

August 1st, 2014

This is to serve as official notice of meeting to vote on changes to the By-Laws. Please read the link, posted below:

 

Bylaw Change Notice 081414