USBP Nation Wide Swaps (NWS) & FAQ

August 11th, 2015

USBP and NBPC will begin solicitation for the Nation Wide Swaps (NWS) on August 17, 2015

As outlined in Sect. 11 of the April 28 MOU

For a BPA to be eligible:

  • Has served a minimum of 3 years as a BPA, is not the subject of any pending performances or disciplinary action, or is the subject of an investigation of alleged misconduct, that may prevent the performance of the full scope of required duties.
  • Has not received or been the subject to three or more disciplinary actions (reprimand to 14 day suspensions), or a single adverse action (suspension of more than 14 days) within the last 2 years.
  • Is not under a last chance agreement; and
  • Has fulfilled any time-in-station requirements associated with any previously approved relocation or reassignment..

Bargaining Unit employees wishing to participate in the NWS will have to agree to the following:

  • If I am granted an exchange, I agree to not request another swap for two years from the effective date of this requested exchange.
  • I understand that I may request  and be granted an excused absence without charge to my leave in an amount not more than 40 hours to enable me to make pre-moving and post-moving arrangements.
  • I understand that any relocation or other cost associated with an approved swap granted under Sect. 11 of the April 28, 2014 MOU are the responsibility of the applicant.

Bargaining Unit employees will have to fill out basic biographical information, including USBP “Enter on Duty” date (EOD). The use of Service Computation Date will not be allowed and will automatically disqualify an applicant.

Applicants will be able to request up to four locations. All selections will be made solely on the basis of seniority. Employees granted a swap will also take on the other employee’s Pay Tier and Shift .

The solicitation will open on August 17, 2015 0800 CDT and close on September 5, 2015 2400 CDT.

Agents will not have to request access or permission to any site prior or during the open-period.

The following link is only accessible by a Government Computer:

https://uconnect.cbpnet.cbp.dhs.gov/sites/OBP/MSD/wm/nwsp/Pages/default.aspx

The following stations/locations are not able to participate in the NWS at this time:

Abilene, Albuquerque, Amarillo, Billings, Dallas, Lubbock, Midland, Pecos, Riverside, San Angelo, San Antonio, Twin Falls

For further information, please read the Signed OT MOU and NWS FAQ

or email

Swaps@bpunion.org

 

 

 

 

AFGE files Class Action lawsuit for data breach

June 30th, 2015

AFGE  has filed a Class Action lawsuit against the OPM Director for the data breach the has pontially lost millions of Government Employees personal data.

Read More Here:

AFGE 

Washington Post

 

 

 

Member Notification

June 1st, 2015

The June 10, 2015 General Membership Meeting will be held at the following:

Holiday Inn

777 North Pinal Ave

Casa Grande, AZ 85222

Man acquitted of assaulting Tucson Agent

May 21st, 2015

Once again our Agents are reminded that their lives don’t matter! Apparently smoking marijuana and being drunk, excuses you from your actions in Southern Arizona.

According to the defense; a person must have shown some type of animosity toward the Border Patrol for actions to be considered assaultive and because the Agent was a officer in the Union, his character is now in question. So we are now to believe that the Agent is at fault for the subject ramming the Border Patrol vehicle?

This case and so many others only highlight the dangers our Agents face on day to day basis.

Read more HERE

 

 

Local 2544 Newsletter email is out

May 19th, 2015

Local 2544 emailed out a Newsletter last week.

This will be a quarterly publication with information on what is happening within Local 2544 and Tucson Sector.

If you did not receive the newsletter, please update your email address within the AFGE website. Don’t forget to update your mailing address as well.

 

Do not use a Govt computer to logon to the AFGE website.

Update HERE

 

 

Hurd Bill passes and waits for POTUS

May 19th, 2015

President Del Cueto just sent a text to all the Chief Stewards that the Hurd bill to  re-instating FLSA just passed Congress and will be submitted to the President for signature.

Of course none of this would not have been necessary if the Service had not tried to  maliciously tried to reclaimed legally earned FLSA. But of course Secretary Johnson had no idea what was going on.

We would like to thank Rep. Will Hurd for pushing such a critical bill through in such a short time.

Congressional Bill to reinstate FLSA

May 8th, 2015

A Bill to clarify that certain provisions of the BPAPRA of 2014 will not take effect until after the Director of OPM promulgates and makes effective regulations relating to such provisions is available to see here: FLSA Reinstatement Bill This Bill would be retroactive to the date of enactment of the BPAPRA of 2014 and will reinstate FLSA for BPA’s until full enactment of the BPAPRA. The Bill is necessary to counter the effect on pay due to CBP & OPM’s interpretation that BPA’s were considered FLSA exempt upon passage of the BPAPRA into law on December 18, 2014. Thank you to Senators Johnson, McCain, Tester and Carper for introducing the Bill.

Reps Meeting Notes

FLSA Reinstatement Bill

Update on FLSA

May 6th, 2015

There have been many questions on how the transition plan will effect our members, while we have attempted to answer every question, NBPC has sent out a Q&A to help in these matters.

As more concrete information becomes available we will put it out.

 

 

NBPC FLSA Exemption Q&A (050515)

Do not download or print this file on a Government computer.

 

 

Border Patrol Union Office Vandalized

May 2nd, 2015

Just before midnight last night one or more vandals smashed the windows at the Border Patrol union office in Tucson.

In addition to breaking the windows, some graffiti was painted on the sidewalk and the wall. Some physical evidence was recovered. The vandals may have utilized a light worn around the head which they dropped at the scene. The light is being examined for fingerprints and other identifying evidence. A metal stick or aluminum baseball bat appears to have been used to break the windows. Some windows were struck with insufficient force to break them.

We are obtaining video which will be examined to help identify the perpetrator(s).

The Border Patrol union has had an office in Tucson for many years at three different locations, and this is the first time something like this has happened.

We ask that anyone who may know anything about this please contact the Pima County Sheriff’s Department.

The windows have been boarded up and repairs will be made as soon as possible.

Information concerning FLSA

April 30th, 2015

Today, NBPC was notified that the Service was planing on canceling FLSA payments. This was also coupled with the fact that the Service was going to recoup FLSA payments from the day the Border Patrol Pay Reform Act was signed.

While the reasoning for these decisions is beyond any normal comprehension and makes no sense, NBPC is already preparing to fight this action. In the meantime, we will push for members to receive waivers for the back payments of FLSA.

This situation will be constantly evolving but we shouldn’t expect anything less from our leaders in Washington and we will keep you up to date as more information is available .