Senator McCain meets with Local 2544

October 5th, 2015

IMG_6943Last week, Sen. John McCain’s office reached  out to Local 2544 to discuss several issues, while the Senator was in Nogales Arizona. President Del Cueto started the meeting by discussing Tucson Sector’s Forward Operating Bases use within the Douglas, Tucson and Casa Grande Stations’ Area of Responsibility. Local 2544 brought forward many issues, including the use of manpower, health and safety, and cost of FOB operations. Executive Board members gave several examples of how manpower could be better utilized to enhance Border Patrol operations. Sen. McCain was very interested on ensuring the Border Patrol uses it’s Agents in programs that have a proven track record in slowing, if not stopping illegal aliens from crossing. Sen. McCain stated he would look more into the Forward Operation Bases.

Sen. McCain then inquired about the Border Patrol Pay Reform Act and the recent release of the OPM Guidelines, especially interpretations of the Canine Pay and the Alternative Work Schedule. Sen. McCain readily admitted that this would not be the first time the intent of the law, or bill, was manipulated by government agencies. He stated he would follow up with OPM and it’s interpretations. President Del Cueto stated he would get with NBPC President Brandon Judd and give the Senator talking points. Sen. McCain stated that while  BPAPRA was not all that the Union hoped for, it was all that Congress was willing to give at this time and the alternatives could have been much worse.

Manpower was a huge topic. Sen. McCain asked if more manpower was needed? We agreed, but the Executive Board pointed out that many times manpower is mis-used. The FOBs and GBOSS sites in Ajo were some of the examples given were the Border Patrol waste manpower in an effort to look good for DC.

We look forward to our future meetings with Sen. McCain and hope to resolve many of members’ issues.



GUILTY!!! Justice for Brian Terry

October 1st, 2015

The suspects have been found guilty on all counts

General Membership Meeting for October 14

October 1st, 2015

The Local 2544 General Membership Meeting for October 14, 2015 will be located at:

Southeast Arizona Association of Realtors

125 South 2nd St
Sierra Vista AZ 85635

The meeting will start at 6 pm

Update on BPAPRA

September 25th, 2015

On Friday, September 25, 2015, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) issued their final regulations to implement Part 2 of the Border Patrol Agent Pay Reform Act (BPAPRA). A review of the regulations has revealed that OPM is interpreting certain portions of the BPAPRA contrary to what was intended by Congress when they drafted and passed the BPAPRA into law, for example, a prohibition on Alternate Work Schedules (AWS) and additional compensation for canine handlers on their assigned days off duty. There is also confusion on the section that deals with CBP being allowed to drop employees from one tier to another; however, it only clarifies what the Union had made clear prior to the regulations being published, which is that employees will not be able to artificially enhance their retirements by working a lower level of pay for the majority of their career and then at the end, bumping up to a higher level in order to get a greater annuity. The Union will work with Congress in order to resolve the issues via another Amendment to the BPAPRA, or in the case of the canine handlers, through litigation. Click below to read the OPM final regulations.

CFR Parts 410, 550, 551, and 870 Final Rule


Defending a Tucson Sector Agent

September 24th, 2015

It is unfortunate that after three years and after being cleared by multiple local, state and federal agencies, Agent Lonnie Swartz is now facing criminal charges.

As the union that represents the men and women of the Border Patrol, we are there with steady support for Agent Swartz as he fights these accusations. To help ensure that he receives a fair trial, we are providing him with excellent, experienced legal counsel. He will be well represented and given every opportunity to tell his story in a court of law.

Sadly, our agents and all law enforcement officers operate in a world of political agendas and armchair quarterbacking. But our jobs are dangerous and the decisions we make every day determine if we will return home safely to our families. We ask the public to withhold judgment about Agent Swartz while the legal process unfolds.

As for the union, we believe that until proven otherwise Agent Swartz is innocent of these charges. We stand with him and his family during this difficult time.

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:

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





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:


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