St. David, Arizona Resident Chastises Border Patrol Union

May 25th, 2016

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A resident on a one acre property in St. David has gone to great lengths to advertise that Border Patrol agents are “KILLERS” who are “Protected by Their UNION”. This despicable display of ignorance and hatred is sad. Inciting people to violence against law enforcement officers seems to be a national trend that started with Barack Obama chastising cops when he didn’t have his facts straight. Riots, cop killings and other senseless violence seems to almost be accepted these days as some sort of payback for perceived wrongs of the past…as if law enforcement officers deserve to be shot, stabbed, rocked, mocked, wrongly sued and completely disrespected. It is the height of hypocrisy to spew hateful rhetoric and incite senseless violence while preaching love, respect, harmony and peace. We see this hypocritical nonsense constantly as rioters carry signs preaching against “hatred” while they scream profanities, riot in the streets, destroy property and call for things like killing law enforcement officers.

The argument that Border Patrol agents don’t deserve to have a union watching their backs is nonsense. Who else is going to stick up for rank-and-file agents? Border Patrol agents are falsely accused every single day. It’s become fashionable. And worse, those who make accusations against us, even when it’s proven that they are just concocting stories to elicit sympathy, or for monetary gain or lenient treatment for their crimes, face no penalties for lying. None. If an illegal alien or any other person was actually charged and held accountable for making blatantly false allegations against Border Patrol agents the allegations would shrink down to near zero. We have the lowest percentage of allegations upheld for the number of people we arrest than any law enforcement agency in the nation. Think about it. And to those who think law enforcement officers are not entitled to the same due process that any other American (and illegal alien) gets, they should really think about what they are saying. We are a nation founded on rules and laws, even though those rules and laws are selectively enforced by this Administration.

We noted the nice pastel colored mailbox with peaceful flowers painted on it outside this property. One can only assume that the mailbox was decorated by someone other than the person who had the shameful sign made.

We take our mission seriously. “Protecting Those Who Protect Our Borders” isn’t just a motto to us, it’s something that we believe in and something that the men and women putting their lives on the line every day DESERVE.

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Phoenix PD LODD

May 19th, 2016

Phoenix Police Officer Davd Glasser has succumb to his wounds and passed away earlier this morning. Please join me in extending our condolences to his family, friends and our colleagues in PLEA during this difficult time.

~Art Del Cueto

L2544 President testifies at Congressional Field Hearing

May 10th, 2016

Local 2544 President Art Del Cueto testified in front of a Congressional field hearing in Sahuarita Az yesterday.

The panel included US House of Representatives Martha McSally and Steve Pearce and focused on examining border security through the eyes of local residents and local law enforcement.

I will always oppose the use and implementation of Forward Operating Bases in Tucson Sector, stated Del Cueto. They are no longer needed and are only used for dog and pony shows to impress elected officials. We need to make rational decisions on the use of Forward Operating Bases, FOBs had a time and place years ago but are an incredibly inefficient use of resources today

Read more HERE

Free financial planning for members

May 6th, 2016

For the past months we have been working on providing a seminar that can benefit our members and their families. Mr. Visner is an expert when it comes to employees within Federal Employment. We encourage all our members to strongly consider signing up and receiving this information.

 

 

Dear brothers and sisters,

We are hosting a financial seminar on May 14, 2016 at the Tucson Scottish Rite 160 S Scott Ave, Tucson AZ. I have reached out to Jason Visner who is a financial advisor with Brook Federal Advisors and author of fedsmith.com. Mr. Visner specializes in benefit and retirement advice for federal employees. If you are a member of Local 2544 and you are close to retirement or just want to make sure you can reach the goals of a happy and healthy retirement in the future, we ask that you attend this important seminar that we are hosting. We would like to also extend this invitation to spouses of our members as we know how important retirement is for the entire family. We will have approximately 150 slots open for a morning session and 150 slots open for an afternoon session. The morning session will be from 8 AM to 12 NOON and the afternoon session is from 12 NOON to 4PM. Light refreshments will be provided. If you are interested in attending please RSVP to myself, Art Del Cueto at guero.adc@gmail.com. I look forward to seeing you there and I will briefly touch on the topics that will be covered in the seminar.

  • Comprehensive Federal Benefit Review
  • FERS or CSRS Annuity
  • TSP (Thrift Savings Plan)
  • FEGLI (Federal Employees Group Life Insurance)
  • FEHB (Federal Employees Health Benefits)
  • Law Enforcement Officials
  • Prior Military Service
  • Selecting a Retirement Date
  • Choosing your options at Retirement
  • Social Security
  • Managing Short Term Cash Flow
  • There will be a Q & A session after the general seminar for those in attendance

Jason Visner:

Jason Visner is a financial advisor with Brook Federal Advisors, and works with federal employees to optimize their retirement benefits. The process starts with a complimentary analysis of the complete federal benefit package, and then builds an overall retirement plan on that foundation. He can provide recommendations on FERS or CSRS annuities, survivor benefits, military/LEO service, FEHB, FEGLI, TSP, IRAs, annuities, and social security.

Agent’s vehicle sabotaged

May 6th, 2016

On Thursday, a Tucson Sector Border Patrol Agent stopped, while on duty and in his marked ride, at a local convenience store. As the Agent returned to his vehicle and began to open the front passenger seat door, he felt a sharp pain in his finger. The Agent looked under the door handle and discovered a hypodermic needle stuck to gum. Tucson Station management was immediately contacted and in-turn the FBI was informed and has begun an investigation.

This action was INTENTIONAL and was meant to hurt anyone who attempted to open the door of the vehicle.

Local 2544 President Art Del Cueto  stated “I cannot believe this has happened, our Agents have worked so hard to make these border communities safe for every resident and then this happens.”

We remind our Agents to remain vigilant and aware of their surroundings when stopping at any local business.

 

 

Improperly paid for OWCP?

April 28th, 2016

The NBPC has been made aware that injured employees may have been improperly paid for absences under the Federal Employees’ Compensation Act (FECA). If you received payment due to work injury related absences, change of position due to the injury, or a scheduled award, you may have been paid improperly. In cases seen so far, payments failed to properly calculate shift and other premiums including night differential, Sunday pay, Sunday night differential, Holiday pay and AUO/BPAPRA. This could be a substantial amount of unpaid money due to injured employees. Lost wages can be claimed even if you are retired, separated from Service, or have changed positions. There is no time limit to request correction and payment of lost wages.

If you are a bargaining unit member and believe that you have been paid improperly under the FECA for any amount of compensable time, please contact Jonathan Perkins (perkins@bpunion.org). In your email, you must provide:

• OWCP case number
• Date of injury
• Date of birth
• PDF of Earnings and Leave Statements from the date of injury back 12 months
• Dates/time missed from work due to the injury
• if you have your pay stubs from DOL OWCP that would be beneficial as well).

Upon review, if it is determined that you were paid improperly, step by step instructions and a template memo can be provided to support your claim.

Secret Service wants to raise WH fence

April 28th, 2016

In a recent NBC report, the Secret Service and National Park Service are wanting to raise the height of the fence surrounding the White House.

It’s kinda funny, because all we here from our Commander and Chief and his political appointees is that walls don’t work!

The same celebrities and politicians who yell for open borders, are the same ones who surround themselves with body guards, have fenced in homes, security cameras and alarm systems. But yet, they believe our country should be as open as your local convenience store.

#DoubleStandard

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Financial Seminar for Local 2544 members

April 18th, 2016

Local 2544 members,
We are hosting a financial seminar on May 14, 2016 at the Tucson Scottish Rite 160 S Scott Ave, Tucson AZ. I have reached out to Jason Visner who is a financial advisor with Brook Federal Advisors and author of fedsmith.com. Mr. Visner specializes in benefit and retirement advice for federal employees. If you are a member of Local 2544 and you are close to retirement or just want to make sure you can reach the goals of a happy and healthy retirement in the future, we ask that you attend this important seminar that we are hosting. We would like to also extend this invitation to spouses of our members as we know how important retirement is for the entire family. We will have approximately 150 slots open for a morning session and 150 slots open for an afternoon session. The morning session will be from 8 AM to 12 NOON and the afternoon session is from 12 NOON to 4PM. Light refreshments will be provided. If you are interested in attending please RSVP to myself, Art Del Cueto at guero.adc@gmail.com. I look forward to seeing you there and I will briefly touch on the topics that will be covered in the seminar.
• Comprehensive Federal Benefit Review
• FERS or CSRS Annuity
• TSP (Thrift Savings Plan)
• FEGLI (Federal Employees Group Life Insurance)
• FEHB (Federal Employees Health Benefits)
• Law Enforcement Officials
• Prior Military Service
• Selecting a Retirement Date
• Choosing your options at Retirement
• Social Security
• Managing Short Term Cash Flow
• There will be a Q & A session after the general seminar for those in attendance

National Border Patrol Council gives official endorsement to Donald Trump

March 30th, 2016

NBPC has officially endorsed Donald Trump in his bid to become the Republican nominee in the upcoming Presidential election. This endorsement is going to a candidate who sees the real threat to America. He understands that allowing illegal low-wage workers only hurts the American worker.  He has expressed his desire to take a tough stance on criminal aliens who have roamed our streets and thumbed their nose at American law enforcement.

It is time for America to become serious about border security. It is time America to protects it’s own before it protects everyone else.

Endorsement Letter Signed

#Trump2016

Trump to give NBPC a say in Border Policy

March 23rd, 2016

imageIn a remarkable interview on Sirius XM’s Breitbarts News Daily, Trump’s Senior Policy Advisor Stephen Miller stated “The NBPC will never again have a back seat in our nation’s border policy”

This would be an absolute first for any Union within the United States. For years, the National Border Patrol Council has been the foremost outspoken critic of lax immigration laws. As the Local 2544 President and National Vice-President, I can say that having this type of access to the White House will go a long way in securing the border and finally getting the Agent’s needs ahead of political correctness.

As the current Obama’s political appointees, within DHS, do everything they can to weaken border security and destroy Agent moral. We are pleased that some are finally is listening to the real border security experts.

Read more HERE