Membership Notification

March 25th, 2015

The April 8, 2015 General Membership Meeting will be held at the following starting at 6:00 pm:

Gadsden Hotel

1046 G Avenue

Douglas AZ 85607

OT Transition Plan canceled!

March 20th, 2015

NBPC has been notified that the OTTP has been canceled just few weeks before it was to be implemented.

Agents currently earning AUO will continue to earn AUO, those Agents earning FEPA will continue to earn FEPA

When NBPC prepares a response and more information comes available we will put it out.

 

 

Legislative Action

March 18th, 2015

From NBPC

LEGISLATIVE ALERT: Republicans in House and Senate have both proposed a federal budget that aims to once again balance the budget on the backs of government workers.

These proposals would increase your pension contribution from 0.8% to 6.35% of your salary, resulting in a 5.5% pay cut. That’s eight times the amount currently deducted from most employees’ bi-weekly paychecks.

Government workers have taken too many cuts these past few years. We can’t afford another. Call 1-888-775-3148 and tell your Congress members: say NO to more cuts to government workers’ pay!

 

Membership Notification

February 6th, 2015

NOTICE OF MEETING

DETERMINE THE NUMBER OF UNION DELEGATES TO THE NBPC AND AFGE NATIONAL CONVENTIONS AND, IF NECESSARY, NOMINATE ADDITIONAL DELEGATES; DETERMINE IF DELEGATES CARRY ALL VOTES; DETERMINE COMPENSATION FOR DELEGATE EXPENSES

Local 2544 will hold a membership meeting at 15:00 hrs on Feb 17,2015[1] at 231 W La Mina Ave. Ajo Az. During this meeting, members will be asked to determine the number of additional delegates, if any, it wants to represent Local 2544.[2] Local 2544’s seven (7) elected officers have already been designated as delegates.[3] If members authorize additional delegates, then nominations for the additional delegates will be accepted and, at a future date to be determined, an election will be held for a secret vote to elect the additional delegates.[4]

Members will also be asked to determine if the selected delegates will carry all of Local 2544’s votes, which if approved would preclude the need for alternate delegates. If members do not approve this proposal, then nominations for alternate delegates will be accepted and, at a future date to be determined, an election will be held for a secret vote to elect additional delegates.

The designated delegates will represent Local 2544 at the NBPC National Convention to be held in March or April, 2015 and at the AFGE National Convention to be held in August 2015.


[1] Sec. 9, Local 2544 Bylaws.

[2] Sec. 6(b) and (c), AFGE Constitution; Sec. 18, Local 2544 Bylaws

[3] Sec. 18, Local 2544 Bylaws; Art. 6(A), Appendix A, AFGE Constitution; Art. 4, NBPC Constitution

[4] Sec. 6(a) and 6(f), AFGE Constitution

 

HR 399 postponed indefinitely

January 29th, 2015

NBPC has opposed this bill from the start. It did little to actually curb or deter illegal crossings and did not address core issues of ICE being able to do interior patrols.

NBPC VP Shawn Moran stated “The National Border Patrol Council opposes HR 399 in its current form due to its lack of a strategy to increase border security and its failure to close loopholes that amount to a catch-and-release program for many immigration crimes,” 

Another aspect of this bill calls for penalties to be levied against DHS if they fail to stop ALL illegal crossing, on the Southwest border in five years. But as we seen here in Tucson Sector; shift reports and daily situation reports are highly manipulated by managers to improve effectiveness rates. This is very contrary to the “Honor First” mantra used within the Border Patrol.

In a recent interview, Local President Del Cueto stated: “But I liken it to a football game,” he said. “If you put your entire defense on the line of scrimmage, what’s about to happen when they do a pass play?”.

 

Read more here

NBPC response here

Local 2544 response here

FOBs and Failed Practices

January 29th, 2015

 

President Del Cueto responds: Here

 

Member Notification

January 28th, 2015

 

Membership Notification: February meeting will be held in Sierra Vista

January 28th, 2015

The February 11, 2015 General Membership meeting will be held at 6:00 pm at the following location:

 

Who is watching the Investigators?

January 23rd, 2015

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A manager in the USBP San Diego Critical Incident Investigation Team was arrested for placing surveillance cameras in the women’s bathroom. This speaks volumes of a continual problem throughout government departments; Who is watching the Investigators? There are many entities in DHS for investigating employees for allegations but who do they report to. Where is the oversight? Did no one notice a camera was missing?

In 2013, two Office of Internal Affairs Agents, in McAllen Tx, were indicted for conspiracy and falsifying documents. Once again – NO OVERSIGHT! How can any government employee have faith that they will get a fair investigation?

But how do we stop such problems from happening? Maybe if Border Patrol managers assigned to these Sector Investigation Teams were rotated more often, like the Agents, there would be less chance of this happening. But not in Tucson, we follow the good old tradition allowing managers to sit in job assignments for years, giving them absolute free reign over their minions. We call it “kingdom building”.

 

 

Read the report here: SDC CIIT

 

 

From President Del Cueto

January 14th, 2015

I want to thank each and every one of you that participated in Local 2544’s election process. I would especially like to thank the election committee for putting in countless hours to make this happen. I would like to thank all of our members who voted, which was more than the usual turnout in union elections.

I am grateful and humbled that I was elected to serve you again for another term. I want to thank all of you who voted for me but I also want to thank those who participated in our Democratic process and voted for my opponent. As the vote proved, our members were open other ideas and I want to ensure our members that I will be working hard to listen and to be open to new ideas and opinions.

There are a lot of issues we will face over the next few years and I hope you will provide the input you believe necessary for the Executive Board to serve you the best we can, and that will allow us to remain the strongest Local in all of AFGE. We have a great board that has substantial experience and I would like to Congratulate them. I would also like to congratulate their opponents for being willing to run for very demanding and difficult offices. In closing let us all move forward, move forward united, to continue and provide proper representation to all our members.

Sincerely,
Art Del Cueto
President
Local 2544