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Tuesday, September 28th, 2021

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Wednesday, September 22nd, 2021

Local 2544 will have 2 informational panels for members this Friday, September 24 at the Union Hall in Tucson. Our first will be at 11 am and another at 4 pm. These panels will address the legal status behind the Vaccine Executive order. Local 2544 realizes this may be short notice but there’s several deadlines that must be met. Local 2544 is committed to give all our members the best legal and direct message during this difficult time.

Monday, September 20th, 2021

On September 9, 2021, President Biden issued an executive order (EO) mandating all executive branch federal employees to be vaccinated against Covid-19. From the moment the EO was issued, the National Border Patrol Council (NBPC) instructed its seven attorneys to drop all other matters to study the issue and develop strategies to attack the EO. After spending several days reviewing all pertinent laws, to include all relevant case law, our attorneys determined the EO was legal and that there was no viable avenue of challenge.
We, the NBPC executive committee, felt it would be better to seek other opinions from law firms specializing in suing the government prior to drawing a final conclusion. To date, we have not found a reputable firm, nor any other firm, or legal opinion that provides us a legitimate path forward. Notwithstanding the legal opinions to date, and unlike other entities such as the National Treasury Employees Union, we continue searching for an avenue of reprieve. As with all other lawsuits initiated by the NBPC on behalf of its members, when or if a legal avenue presents itself, we will file suit.
Because we have a legal duty to present honest information, we did not release a statement after receiving the initial opinions from our in-house attorneys, nor did we release a statement after seeking outside counsel. We also do not want to give false hope as we have not found a legitimate avenue or legal argument of challenge to date. Until we are 100% convinced that no legal remedy is available, we will continue working on the issue.
The specific regulations concerning the implementation of the mandate were released on September 17, 2021, and we are reviewing the information to identify any bargaining obligations. While we continue to search for legal avenues of reprieve, we have tasked our attorney who specializes in Equal Employment Opportunity matters to lead our legal division to provide exact and concise information on filing a religious or medical exemption. When that plan has been developed, we will update this post when the information is available and notify the Local presidents. Members will be able to reach out to their respective Local for assistance, and the NBPC will assist with the process.

Thursday, August 5th, 2021

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Friday, May 14th, 2021

By now several of our member have received an email concerning litigation over the Puerto Rico detail.

We will be working on more information for our members ie: who it effected, where to sign up. For the time being we ask that members to stand by for a complete briefing.

We understand that a lawyers name was placed on the email. We ask that members refrain from contacting her until we are able to coordinate a better system of enrolling our members

Tuesday, April 27th, 2021

In order to maintain our relationship with the Arizona Police Association and keep our Verizon Cellular contract, Local 2544 will now be requiring members to be completely current with their cell phone accounts. We will no longer allow for delinquent accounts past 31 days. After 31 days of a past due balance Verizon sends a message to the user to make a payment to avoid interruption of service. While they only require a minimum payment to keep the account open, we will require full payment of any money owed. If any portion of the balance is not paid the user will no longer be allowed to participate in the program, they will be immediately removed and their account terminated.  Please also ensure if you have an automatic monthly credit card withdrawal that you are aware of the expiration date so no payments are missed.

In addition, any and all applications to this plan must be approved by L2544 Treasurer, S. Covino. Any application sent directly to the APA will discarded.

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Thursday, October 29th, 2020

L2544 Final Election Report and Posting

Please read the attached document on the L2544 results

Friday, October 23rd, 2020

Please the attached for the 2020 Election Notice


L2544 Election Notice and Posting, 2020

Thursday, September 3rd, 2020






Local 2544 will form an Election Committee during October 14, 2020 Nomination Meeting, 6:00 pm, at 2185 West Magee Road, Suite125, Tucson, Arizona 85742.



To nominate individuals or be nominated to the 2020 Election Committee, you must be present at the October 14, 2020 meeting and be a member in good standing at the time of the nomination meeting. Dues must be current (paid through September 2020) by the time of the nomination meeting Oct 14, 2020 The Election Committee will be elected by a majority vote of the Local members prior to the beginning of the nomination process.

Duties of the Election Committee

Once elected, the Committee will meet in private and elect an Committee Chairman from among the committee members. The Committee will then decide on the balloting method and the rules governing the balloting, receive all mail associated with the 2020 Election, govern the nomination portion of the meeting, affirm candidates eligibility, responsible for crafting all announcements and notifications for the election, coordinating the voting locations with Sector/Station Management (if needed), overseeing the election process, tallying all votes, decide on contested ballots, answer questions about the election, receive and render judgement on all complaints, declare and announce winners of 2020 Election, administer oath to all Executive Board Members during the Dec 2020 meeting.


Wednesday, September 2nd, 2020





The nominations and election will be conducted in accordance with theCivil 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.



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.



Candidates elected in the election will be installed at the general membership meeting held on December 9, 2020 at the Local 2544 Union office, 2185 West Magee Rd Suite 125, Tucson AZ 85742 at 6:00 pm. The term of office shall run for three (3) years ending in December 2023.



Nominations for all officer positions of Local Union 2544 will be accepted from the floor at the Wednesday, October 14, 2020, 6:00 p.m. membership meeting held at the union office located at:

2185 West Magee Road, Suite125, Tucson, Arizona 85742.

Nominations for Officers may also be made in writing and sent to:

Local 2544 Election Chairman

2185 West Magee Road, Suite 125, Arizona 85742

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 2020) 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 2019 through September 2020) of an AFGE local. The candidate 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 or verbally by the 2020 Election Chairman of their nomination and shall have until 5:00 p.m. on October 21, 2020, to provide written acceptance of their nomination.  In the event that the nomination acceptance is not received by the Election Chairman by October 21, 2020, 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.


All candidates have the right to review Local 2544 membership list. If a candidate wishes to do so, they will have to make an appointment with:

 Local 2544 Treasurer Samantha Covino




The Election Committee will decide when the elections will begin, the dates, times, and how the election will be conducted. Once that information becomes it will be posted on the Local 2544 website and social media sites as well as posted on Union Boards. The 2020 Election committee will be voted on and formed prior to nominations and a separate announcement will made for that committee.